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Article: 'The fact that': Stance nouns in disciplinary writing

Title'The fact that': Stance nouns in disciplinary writing
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105520
Citation
Discourse Studies, 2015, v. 17 n. 5, p. 529-550 How to Cite?
AbstractThe linguistic resources used by academic writers to adopt a position and engage with readers, variously described as evaluation, stance and metadiscourse, have attracted considerable attention in recent years. A relatively overlooked means of expressing a stance, however, is through a Noun Complement structure, where a stance head noun takes a nominal complement clause. This pattern allows a writer to front-load attitude meanings and offers an explicit statement of evaluation of the proposition which follows (as in ‘The fact that science has a history is not an argument against the possibility of scientific truth’). In this article, we explore the frequencies, forms and functions of this structure in a corpus of 160 research articles across eight disciplines totalling 1.7 million words. Developing a new rhetorically based classification of stance nouns, we show that the structure is not only widely used to express author comment and evaluation, but that it exhibits considerable variation in the way that it is used to build knowledge across different disciplines.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/215675
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.848
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.292

 

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dc.contributor.authorJiang, F-
dc.contributor.authorHyland, KL-
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-21T13:35:05Z-
dc.date.available2015-08-21T13:35:05Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationDiscourse Studies, 2015, v. 17 n. 5, p. 529-550-
dc.identifier.issn1461-4456-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/215675-
dc.description.abstractThe linguistic resources used by academic writers to adopt a position and engage with readers, variously described as evaluation, stance and metadiscourse, have attracted considerable attention in recent years. A relatively overlooked means of expressing a stance, however, is through a Noun Complement structure, where a stance head noun takes a nominal complement clause. This pattern allows a writer to front-load attitude meanings and offers an explicit statement of evaluation of the proposition which follows (as in ‘The fact that science has a history is not an argument against the possibility of scientific truth’). In this article, we explore the frequencies, forms and functions of this structure in a corpus of 160 research articles across eight disciplines totalling 1.7 million words. Developing a new rhetorically based classification of stance nouns, we show that the structure is not only widely used to express author comment and evaluation, but that it exhibits considerable variation in the way that it is used to build knowledge across different disciplines.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105520-
dc.relation.ispartofDiscourse Studies-
dc.rightsDiscourse Studies. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.title'The fact that': Stance nouns in disciplinary writing-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHyland, KL: khyland@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHyland, KL=rp01133-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1461445615590719-
dc.identifier.hkuros248988-
dc.identifier.hkuros250702-
dc.identifier.volume17-
dc.identifier.issue5-
dc.identifier.spage529-
dc.identifier.epage550-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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