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Epistemic stance construction in L1 and L2 undergraduate argumentative writing

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Authors
Kang, Jia
Issue Date
2017-12
Publisher
Department of English Language and Literature, Seoul National University
Citation
SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics Vol. 15, pp. 53-67
Keywords
metadiscourseepistmic markerL2 writingcontrastive rhetoric
Abstract
The current study examined whether and how Korean L2 undergraduate writers’ epistemic marker use pattern differs from that of English L1 undergraduate writers. The quantitative and qualitative analysis revealed that L2 writers overall relied on a limited range of epistemic markers compared to L1 writers. Specifcially, L2 writings appeared to be characterized by assertive tone and strong writer commitment due to the lack of diverse hedging expressions and over/mis-use of I think construction and the modal verb will. These findings provide some pedagogical implications for EFL writing classes that it would be more effective to teach L2 writers a wide range of epistemic markers and their function variations in diverse usage contexts.
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/139640
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.15 (2017)
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