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ERIC Number: EJ1023969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Linguistic Markers of Stance in Early and Advanced Academic Writing: A Corpus-Based Comparison
Aull, Laura L.; Lancaster, Zak
Written Communication, v31 n2 p151-183 Apr 2014
This article uses corpus methods to examine linguistic expressions of stance in over 4,000 argumentative essays written by incoming first-year university students in comparison with the writing of upper-level undergraduate students and published academics. The findings reveal linguistic stance markers shared across the first-year essays despite differences in students' educational context, with greatest distinctions emerging between first-year writers and all of the more advance writers. The specific features of stance that point to a developmental trajectory are approximative hedges/boosters, code glosses, and adversative/contrast connectors. The findings suggest methodological and conceptual implications: They highlight the value of descriptive, corpus-based studies of incoming first-year writing compared to advanced academic writing, and they underscore the construction of academic stance--particularly via certain stance features--as a process of delimiting one's stance in a way that accounts for the views of others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan; North Carolina
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