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Metadiscourse functions in English and Persian sociology articles : a study in contrastive rhetoric

Shokouhi, Hossein and Baghsiahi, Amrollah Talati 2009, Metadiscourse functions in English and Persian sociology articles : a study in contrastive rhetoric, Poznan studies in contemporary linguistics, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 535-554.

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Title Metadiscourse functions in English and Persian sociology articles : a study in contrastive rhetoric
Author(s) Shokouhi, Hossein
Baghsiahi, Amrollah Talati
Journal name Poznan studies in contemporary linguistics
Volume number 45
Issue number 4
Start page 535
End page 554
Total pages 20
Publisher De Gruyter Mouton
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 1897-7499
Keyword(s) metadiscourse
rhetoric
Persian
English
sociology texts
Summary This study on contrastive rhetoric reports on metadiscourse functions in sociology articles in Persian and English. The results have revealed a higher number of metadiscourse elements in the English texts. Among the different metadiscourse elements used, text connectors are the most frequently employed in both languages. Modality markers are the second most frequent in both languages although the English writers used nearly twice the number of these markers. Overall, it is found that the frequency of textual metadiscourse markers is greater than the interpersonal markers in both language samples. It was further revealed that the Persian writers of sociology texts are less interested in explicitly orienting the readers and some of the main points in an article, especially in the concluding section, are left for the readers to infer. This, we believe, is the result of less reliance on academic writing in the educational system of the country. Instead, the Iranians are largely encouraged to employ a flowery language and rhetoric to decorate their writing in their school years which makes them less attentive of their readers.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045973

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