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It's Been Said Before

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Hedging in Scientific Research Articles
Written By: Ken Hyland
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 54

This is a comprehensive study of hedging in academic research papers, relating a systematic analysis of forms to a pragmatic explanation for their use. The study shows that the extensive use of possibility and tentativeness in research writing is intimately connected to the social and institutional practices of academic communities, and is at the heart of how knowledge comes to be socially accredited through texts. The study identifies the major forms, functions and distribution of hedges and explores the research article genre in detail to present an explanatory framework.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556198167
ISBN-13: 9781556198168
Pages: 308pp
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Pages: 308pp
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