Talking with Readers: Metadiscourse as Rhetorical Act

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P. Lang, 1989 - Education - 282 pages
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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