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IJSSH 2024 Vol.14(2): 54-57
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2024.14.2.1193

The Use of Interactive Metadiscourse in Research Articles: A Corpus-Based Case Study of Astronautics

Yue Sun

Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China
Email: syestherclemence@outlook.com
Manuscript received May 4, 2023; revised May 23, 2023; accepted August 23, 2023; published March 15, 2024.

Abstract—Based on Hyland’s interpersonal model of interactive metadiscourse, this study adopts astronautics as a research case to investigate the textual features of research articles, aiming to investigate the use of metadiscourse in research articles and assist academic writing for students who major in astronautics. A corpus consisting of 43 research articles published in Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics (JGCD) in 2020 and 2021 was built. AntConc 3.5.9 was utilized for searching and counting the standardized frequency results, so as to identify the most frequently used expressions. Results show that transition markers are most frequently used (35.72 per 1,000 word tokens), accounting for 65.62% of the total amount of interactive metadiscourse. The frequency of evidentials is the lowest, i.e., 0.26 per 1,000 word tokens, accounting for 0.48%. These indicate that transition markers play an important role in research articles in astronautics owing to the high requirement of logical expression. The low frequency of evidentials reflects low-level of dependency from others’ opinions, focusing on own experiments and argumentations. The relatively high frequencies of frame markers and endophoric markers confirm that straightforward logic and clear structure together with transparent figures are preferred in research articles in astronautics.

Keywords—astronautics, interactive metadiscourse, self-built corpus


Cite: Yue Sun, "The Use of Interactive Metadiscourse in Research Articles: A Corpus-Based Case Study of Astronautics," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 54-57, 2024.

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