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Article: Evaluative that constructions: Signalling stance in research abstracts

TitleEvaluative that constructions: Signalling stance in research abstracts
Authors
Issue Date2005
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co
Citation
Functions Of Language, 2005, v. 12 n. 1, p. 39-63 How to Cite?
Abstract
The study of interpersonal features of academic texts, through which writers evaluate their material and engage their readers, has been one of the most productive areas of discourse studies of the past decade. Scholarly writing involves adopting a position and persuading readers of claims, and the linguistic resources used to achieve these goals have been described in terms of evaluation, stance and metadiscourse. A relatively overlooked interpersonal feature however is what we shall call evaluative that constructions, a structure which allows a writer to thematize attitudinal meanings and present an explicit statement of evaluation by presenting a complement clause within a super-ordinate clause. In this paper we explore the disciplinary variations in the frequencies, forms and functions of evaluative that structures in 240 research article abstracts from six disciplines. We find that this structure is widely employed in these abstracts, about once every five sentences, and is an important means of providing author comment and evaluation. Evaluative that therefore helps writers to manage their discourse in various ways and to signal a clear stance towards the information they present. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130160
ISSN
2013 Impact Factor: 0.385
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.234
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Author Affiliations
  1. University of London, Institute of Education
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dc.contributor.authorHyland, Ken_HK
dc.contributor.authorTse, Pen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:47:33Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:47:33Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_HK
dc.identifier.citationFunctions Of Language, 2005, v. 12 n. 1, p. 39-63en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0929-998Xen_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130160-
dc.description.abstractThe study of interpersonal features of academic texts, through which writers evaluate their material and engage their readers, has been one of the most productive areas of discourse studies of the past decade. Scholarly writing involves adopting a position and persuading readers of claims, and the linguistic resources used to achieve these goals have been described in terms of evaluation, stance and metadiscourse. A relatively overlooked interpersonal feature however is what we shall call evaluative that constructions, a structure which allows a writer to thematize attitudinal meanings and present an explicit statement of evaluation by presenting a complement clause within a super-ordinate clause. In this paper we explore the disciplinary variations in the frequencies, forms and functions of evaluative that structures in 240 research article abstracts from six disciplines. We find that this structure is widely employed in these abstracts, about once every five sentences, and is an important means of providing author comment and evaluation. Evaluative that therefore helps writers to manage their discourse in various ways and to signal a clear stance towards the information they present. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Coen_US
dc.relation.ispartofFunctions of Languageen_HK
dc.titleEvaluative that constructions: Signalling stance in research abstractsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHyland, K:khyland@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityHyland, K=rp01133en_HK
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dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-34248697044&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpageen_HK
dc.identifier.volume12en_HK
dc.identifier.issue1en_HK
dc.identifier.spage39en_HK
dc.identifier.epage63en_HK
dc.identifier.eissn1569-9765-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_HK

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