Boosters and Hedges as Subjectivity Markers in Research Article Conclusions

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  • Larysa Kyrychuk

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research article, subjectivity marker, interactional device, booster, hedge,

Анотація

The present paper is devoted to the study of subjectivity devices, namely, boosters and hedges, in the Conclusion section of research articles. The aim of the study is to indicate the amount of these elements in the Conclusions and to reveal their pragmatic meaning. The boosters and hedges are viewed as pragmatic persuasive devices which contribute to the effective negotiation of knowledge and encouraging the audienceʼs involvement. The quantitative analysis demonstrates that the employment of these devices is quite balanced across the research articles. The results of the discourse analysis indicate that the key pragmatic function of boosters and hedges is to build the writer-reader relationship by modifying the illocutionary force of the assertions. The research also proves that the interactional pragmatic devices can be fully understood only in the connection with the institutional context. The findings of the analysis made it possible to verify the claims about the tendency of balancing the strategies of enhancing and softening the statements and the one of a steady drop in the occurrences of boosters in academic articles. 

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2017-11-30

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Дискурсознавство. Текстологія. Літературознавство