MALÁŠKOVÁ, Martina. Hedges as writer protective devices in applied linguistics and literary criticism research articles. Discourse and Interaction. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2012, vol. 5, No 1, p. 31-48. ISSN 1802-9930.
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Original name Hedges as writer protective devices in applied linguistics and literary criticism research articles
Authors MALÁŠKOVÁ, Martina (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition Discourse and Interaction, Brno, Masarykova univerzita, 2012, 1802-9930.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 60200 6.2 Languages and Literature
Country of publisher Czech Republic
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14410/12:00064505
Organization unit Faculty of Education
Keywords in English academic writing; hedges; reader-writer interaction; research articles; written academic discourse
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: Mgr. Martina Malášková, Ph.D., učo 67390. Changed: 25. 3. 2013 15:49.
Abstract
This paper presents the results of a small-scale comparative study carried out on a corpus of research articles in two scientific fields – applied linguistics and literary criticism. The analysis was based on a revised classification of Hyland (1998) and Dontcheva-Navratilova (2009) and with special regard to the role they play in reader-writer interaction. The aim of the investigation was to determine which features in the text function as writer-protective, i.e. hedging writer commitment to the propositional content of the message, and to what extent these features differ in the examined texts. The results of the study show that there are significant differences in both the variety and frequency of use of hedges in applied linguistics and literary criticism research articles, which suggests that there is a connection between particular types of hedges and differences in the type of argumentation and interaction with the intended readership in the two respective communities.
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