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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According actions American approach aspects attitudes attitudinal metadiscourse atypical audience authors and readers believe Century chapter characteristics commentary communication concerned considered course critics defined discourse discusses educational effects emphatics evaluatives examples express fact Figure function give goals grades hedges ideas important Indians indicate informational metadiscourse interactions interesting interpersonal involves issues kinds language learning linguistic material meaning measure narration nature nontextbook notes opinions Participation passage perhaps person Plautus position possible present primary problem propositional questions readers reading reason refer relation relationships rhetorical role scores seems sentence signal situation social studies speech statements story structure style subject matter Table teacher tell textbooks textual theory topic types typical understand variables voice writing written