AUTHOR STANCE IN ACADEMIC WRITING: A CORPUS-BASED STUDY ON EPISTEMIC VERBS

Reyhan Ağçam

DOI Number
https://doi.org/10.22190/JTESAP1501009A
First page
9
Last page
20

Abstract


Stance refers to the lexical and grammatical expression of attitudes, feelings, judgments, or commitment concerning the propositional content of a message (Biber and Finegan, 1989).  The present study focused on epistemic verbs used in conveying author stance in Academic English. Being corpus-based in design, it investigated whether native and non-native speakers of English significantly differ with respect to the use of these items through the Contrastive Interlanguage Analysis (Granger, 1996) of doctoral dissertations written by native, Turkish-speaking and Spanish-speaking speakers of English. Findings of the study have indicated that Turkish-speaking group tends to be more confident and the native and Spanish-speaking groups are relatively more cautious in their academic writing. The study ends with a couple of reasons for these particular findings and a few instructional suggestions for academic writing.

This article has been corrected. Link to the correction https://doi.org/10.22190/JTESAP1902265E

Keywords

stance, epistemic verb, Contrastive Interlanguage Analysis

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