Talking With Readers: Metadiscourse As Rhetorical Act
This book is about metadiscourse, the rhetorical acts used by authors as they talk with readers in order to guide rather than inform them and build solidarity. Metadiscourse in use is illustrated by a variety of written texts spanning the period from 500 B.C. to the present. Perspectives from rhetoric, speech communication, linguistics, literature, philosophy, and psychology are used to begin building a theory of metadiscourse. The theory is tested with two empirical studies having practical classroom applications - a descriptive analysis of metadiscourse use in social studies school and non-school texts and an experimental study of the effects of metadiscourse on students' learning and attitudes.
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Introduction to Metadiscourse
Demonstrations of Metadiscourse Through History
Toward a Rhetorical Theory of Metadiscourse
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00 Text American Aristotle attitudes attitudinal metadiscourse atypical textbooks author commentary author/reader relationships authors and readers believe Cassiodorus Century Cerion chapter communication content area textbooks critics discusses effects emphatics evaluatives examples explicit fiction frequency per 1000 gambits goals grammatical person hedges ideas illocutionary acts illocutionary force impersonal voice important Indian Americans Indians indicate informational metadiscourse interactions interpersonal voice John Barth linguistic literary manipulated material meaning meta-talk metadis Metadiscourse Types metafiction metalanguage narration nontextbook authors Participation passage test perspective Plautus present primary discourse pronouns questions reading rhetorical actions rhetorical devices rhetorical situation rhetoricians role saliency scores semiotic sentence signal social studies textbooks social studies texts speaker speech act statements strategies structure style subject matter subtest teacher text characteristics textbook authors textual theory of metadiscourse topic Types of Attitudinal types of metadiscourse typical textbook understand Urbaniz variables writing written