A Comparative Study of Attitude Markers in the Introduction and Discussion Sections of M.A TEFL and Translation Theses of Non-native Students of Tabriz Azad University

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Writing is not just as a text to provide information about a phenomenon or explain an external reality, but rather writers use it as a means of social negotiation to create a friendly relationship with their readers to have the intended impact on them. Interactional etadiscourse devices make it possible for writers to communicate with readers, and stance markers as the writer-oriented features of interaction make it possible for writers to express their authorities, opinions, commitments, involvements and tentativeness in a text. This study was an attempt to explore attitude markers as a type of stance markers in the introduction and discussion sections of ۲۰ M.A theses (۱۰ from TEFL and ۱۰ from Translation theses) of non-native students of Tabriz Azad University. Collecting and categorizing data were based on the first dimension of the interactional part of metadiscourse in Hyland’s (۲۰۰۵) interpersonal modal which includes ‘hedges’, ‘boosters’, ‘attitude markers’ and ‘self-mentions’. The design of this study was qualitative descriptive in nature. However, a quantitative approach was also employed to achieve the process of counting and investigating the frequency of occurrence of attitude markers. The statistical analysis of the findings was based on Chi-square test. The findings indicate that attitude markers were frequently utilized in both groups. The results also reveal that although there are some similarities, there are significant differences between the two groups. The findings of this study can be beneficial for the development of pedagogical purposes.


Monireh Ghanbari

Department of English Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University Tabriz, Iran

Nesa Nabifar

Department of English Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University Tabriz, Iran