Language Education Discourse

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A Cross-linguistic Study of Metadiscourse Markers in English Academic Witting of Saudi EFL Students and UK Native Speaks of English ★

Nasser Alqahtani Cardiff University

[short paper]

[paper removed at authors’ request]

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Different Roles of Role as a Signalling Noun in the Introduction Sections of Experimental Medical Research Articles: A Concordance-Based Study Using a Move-Specific Corpus

Tatsuya IshiiKobe City College of Technology
Takeshi Kawamoto – Hiroshima University

[long paper]

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Examining and comparing English textbooks and high-stakes exams in Turkey: A Corpus-Based Study

Xiaoli Yu Middle East Technical University

[long paper]

5 thoughts on “Language Education Discourse

  1. Babette Verhoeven June 19, 2020 — 6:58 am

    Question for Nasser Algahtani: Thank you for your interesting paper. Your finding is that Saudi students use fewer interpersonal MD markers, but more intertextual ones. As interpersonal markers can be employed to express authorial stance or attitude, does this mean that there is less signallng of stance on the part of the Saudi authors?


    1. Nasser Alqahtani June 19, 2020 — 9:39 am

      Hello Babette,
      Thank you for your question.
      The Saudi students investigated used less interpersonal markers in general in comparison to the textual ones. However, within both the textual and interpersonal domains, hedges were the most frequent markers. Hedges as know show stance and position of the writers and how cautious they are when making a claim. So by the high use of hedges in this research, I think the Saudi students are aware of the importance of showing information and stance as opinions rather than facts and also aware of reader’s alternative viewpoints. However, when it comes to attitude markers, I think the students might not be keen on showing their attitudes.

      Hope this answers your question.


      1. Babette Verhoeven June 19, 2020 — 10:41 am

        Hi Nasser, thank you, that’s helpful. Wonder if it’s a cultural issue that students don’t like to take a clear stance. Interesting work.


  2. Hi Xiaoli Yu. Thanks for your presentation! it is interesting that we can analyse lexical complexity with corpus software.


    1. Thank you!


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