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Article: 'So what is the problem this book addresses?': Interactions in academic book reviews

Title'So what is the problem this book addresses?': Interactions in academic book reviews
Authors
KeywordsAcademic texts
Book reviews
Metadiscourse
Text interactions
Issue Date2006
PublisherMouton de Gruyter. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.degruyter.com/rs/384_410_ENU_h.htm
Citation
Text And Talk, 2006, v. 26 n. 6, p. 767-790 How to Cite?
AbstractMetadiscourse is the term used for self-reflective linguistic expressions that refer to the evolving text, to the writer, and to the imagined readers of that text. It is based on a view of writing as social engagement and in academic contexts reveals the ways writers project themselves into their discourse to signal their attitudes and commitments to matters in the text and to their disciplinary communities. This paper examines the frequencies and pragmatic purposes of metadiscourse in the relatively neglected academic genre of the book review. On the basis of a corpus of 84 reviews from three contrasting disciplines and interviews with journal editors and reviewers, we describe the ways these writers use metadiscourse to offer a credible representation of themselves and their work in different fields. The analysis shows how metadiscourse use can be seen as pragmatic strategies through which writers shape their social purposes to the formal constraints of the genre and the preferred practices of their disciplines. It therefore suggests how this genre not only draws on readers' familiarity with disciplinary knowledge of the field, but also an interpretive framework that includes appropriate social interactions. © Walter de Gruyter 2006.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130156
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dc.contributor.authorHyland, Ken_HK
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dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationText And Talk, 2006, v. 26 n. 6, p. 767-790en_HK
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dc.description.abstractMetadiscourse is the term used for self-reflective linguistic expressions that refer to the evolving text, to the writer, and to the imagined readers of that text. It is based on a view of writing as social engagement and in academic contexts reveals the ways writers project themselves into their discourse to signal their attitudes and commitments to matters in the text and to their disciplinary communities. This paper examines the frequencies and pragmatic purposes of metadiscourse in the relatively neglected academic genre of the book review. On the basis of a corpus of 84 reviews from three contrasting disciplines and interviews with journal editors and reviewers, we describe the ways these writers use metadiscourse to offer a credible representation of themselves and their work in different fields. The analysis shows how metadiscourse use can be seen as pragmatic strategies through which writers shape their social purposes to the formal constraints of the genre and the preferred practices of their disciplines. It therefore suggests how this genre not only draws on readers' familiarity with disciplinary knowledge of the field, but also an interpretive framework that includes appropriate social interactions. © Walter de Gruyter 2006.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherMouton de Gruyter. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.degruyter.com/rs/384_410_ENU_h.htmen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofText and Talken_HK
dc.subjectAcademic textsen_HK
dc.subjectBook reviewsen_HK
dc.subjectMetadiscourseen_HK
dc.subjectText interactionsen_HK
dc.title'So what is the problem this book addresses?': Interactions in academic book reviewsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHyland, K:khyland@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1515/TEXT.2006.031en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume26en_HK
dc.identifier.issue6en_HK
dc.identifier.spage767en_HK
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