Interpersonal Metadiscourse Markers in a Written Register used by Turkish Writers
The aim of the present study is to explore to what extent Turkish writers use interpersonal
metadiscourse markers in a written register and to examine the way Turkish writers use interpersonal
metadiscourse, namely in MA dissertations from one major academic field; English language teaching (ELT).
The rationale of the study is based on a corpus based approach by examining a total of 20 dissertations written
by Turkish writers writing in a second language. Such kinds of expressions were searched through the
dissertations and analysis was made by examining three sections of dissertations -methodology, results, and
discussion. After having an in-depth analysis based on the use of interpersonal metadiscourse markers, it was
revealed that to some degree, ‘hedges’, ‘empathics (boosters)’ and ‘attitude markers’ are all used by Turkish
writers; however, ‘attitude markers’ are found to be preferred most frequently. On the other hand, with respect
to the use of personal markers, differences were found among the writers. The analysis of dissertation sections
revealed common results.
Keywords- Metadiscourse; interpersonal metadiscourse; second language writing; rhetoric