Metadiscourse Devices in E-mail Writing: A Case Study Between a Polish Teacher and a Chinese Student
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 3, Issue 3, May 2015, Pages: 187-192
Received: May 8, 2015; Accepted: May 15, 2015; Published: May 27, 2015
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Tian Huiling, Department of Linguistics, Three Gorges University, Yichang, China
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Abstract
This article aims at reporting on some of the preliminary results of an on-going study on the difference of the use of metadiscourse strategies in e-mail writing between a Polish teacher and a Chinese student. Drawing on Hyland’s (2005) Metadiscourse Theory, the purpose of the analysis is to show how the use of metadiscourse devices varies between an English-speaking person and a non English-speaking person in e-mail writing which covers a time period from 9 December 2013 to 1 January 2014. According to the analysis, we found out that metadisourse devices are frequently used in E-mail writing. Thanks to the different thinking mode and different ideology, people from different countries may use metadisourse devices differently. For example, the Polish Peter used more engagement markers than the Chinese student Tina did. While Tina used more hedges than Peter did. In this whole process, culture plays an important role.
Keywords
Metadiscourse Device, E-Mail Writhing, Case Study
To cite this article
Tian Huiling, Metadiscourse Devices in E-mail Writing: A Case Study Between a Polish Teacher and a Chinese Student, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2015, pp. 187-192. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20150303.22
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