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Title: Interactive metadiscourse in research articles: A comparative study of paradigmatic and disciplinary influences
Authors: Cao, Feng
Hu, Guangwei, 1962-
Keywords: Disciplinary discourse
Interactive metadiscourse
Knowledge-knower structure
Qualitative research
Quantitative research
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Cao, F., & Hu, G. (2014). Interactive metadiscourse in research articles: A comparative study of paradigmatic and disciplinary influences. Journal of Pragmatics, 66, 15-31.
Abstract: This article reports a comparative study of interactive metadiscourse in quantitative and qualitative research articles across the disciplines of applied linguistics, education, and psychology. Drawing on Hyland’s metadiscourse framework, the study examined the use of five types of interactive metadiscourse, together with their subtypes, in a corpus of 120 research articles. Quantitative and qualitative analyses revealed clear cross-paradigmatic differences in the incidence of reformulators, comparative and inferential transitions, sequencers, and non-linear references. The analyses also identified marked cross-disciplinary differences in the use of exemplifiers, comparative transitions, linear references, and integral citations. These observed differences are interpretable in terms of the contrasting epistemologies underlying the qualitative and quantitative research paradigms and the different knowledge-knower structures prevailing in the disciplines under investigation.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Journal of Pragmatics. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 0378-2166 (print)
1879-1387 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1016/j.pragma.2014.02.007
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