Metadiscourse in Research Writing: A Study of Native English and Pakistani Research Articles

  •  Haroon Shafique    
  •  Muhammad Shahbaz    
  •  Muhammad Rashid Hafeez    


Metadiscourse is extremely important for structuring a relationship between writer and reader when it comes to academic writing. It is an interesting area of inquiry that is believed to play a vital role in writing persuasive discourse, based on the expectations of the people involved (Behzad & Shafique, 2018). This study deals with the comparative analysis of native English and Pakistani research articles. For this research, 100 native English and Pakistani English research articles are taken, following Hyland and Tse (2004a) model of metadiscourse. A corpus-based mixed method research approach is employed to carry out this study. All the metadiscursive devices are quantified by using corpus-based approach and then analyzed qualitatively. The results reveal that Pakistani research writers use more interactive markers whereas the interactional markers are found frequent in native English academic writers. The overall results disclose that Native research writers of English are more persuasive in their research writing as they guide the readers through text as well as involve them through different markers effectively.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1923-869X
  • ISSN(Online): 1923-8703
  • Started: 2011
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