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however, we found significant differences with respect to the frequency of stance phrases in particular textual positions in each
corpus. The findings consolidate Hoey’s (2005) premise that certain expressions are
primed to occur in particular textual positions. We contend that the textual positions of stance phrases may be a result of the
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