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Title: Aiding the Reader: The use of metalinguistic devices in scientific discourse
Author: Mujib Rahman
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Institution: University Of Peshawar
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis
Subject Language: English
Abstract: One paramount feature of written argumentative discourse, scientific discourse in particular, is the use of metalinguistic devices to engage the readers' attention and to sustain their interest by guiding them through the intricacies of discussion and argument. The use of metalanguage not only helps the readers understand the text but also the writer's intention and perspective. However, non-native scientific discourse has been found to suffer from a lack of adequate use of such devices. As such it is imperative that non-native writers become sensitised to the use of metalinguistic devices. A number of scholars have attempted to classify these devices, but these classifications are wrought with anomalies and problems. In this paper, I attempt to propose a new typology that not only should overcome the problems in the earlier classifications, but also should make it easier to understand by the non-native writers. Once the non-native writers understand what metalinguistic comments are, and once they realise their importance in scientific discourse, they will have a tool in their hands to make their discourse more readable and accessible.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: University of Nottingham, UK
Publication Info: Nottingham Linguistics Circular 18


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