Utilization of Meta-discourse Markers in Theses: An Analysis of Abstracts and Conclusions
Keywords:Abstracts, Academic Writing, Conclusions, Meta-Discourse Markers, Scholarly Discourse, Theses
The present study aims to explore the use of meta-discourse markers in abstract and conclusion sections of 20 theses submitted by M. Phil English students of Qurtuba University D. I. Khan, Pakistan. Meta-discourse markers in communication and academic writing have become the chief concern in recent years. This research utilisez Hyland's model of meta-discourse markers that help to create an understanding for readers to explore the genre, social and contextual backgrounds of text in the domain of academic writing. The mixed-method approach was used to explore the most frequent meta-discourse categories as well as the deeper meaning behind the construction of language. The exploration came in the form of sentences and examples to negotiate the non-native writers' use of meta-discourse. It was found that the members who have gone through the treatment of language approach were in a situation in fostering their insight with regards to lexical collocation. The implications of this research extend beyond a mere exploration of linguistic nuances; understanding how meta-discourse functions in the context of the abstract and conclusion sections can offer valuable insights into the rhetorical strategies employed by authors to convey the significance of their research and summarize key findings.
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