Stance and voice in academic writing
The “noun + that” construction and disciplinary variation
Stance and voice are two crucial elements of social interactions in academic writing. However, their conceptual constructs are elusive and their linguistic realisation is not fully explored. A relatively overlooked feature is the “noun + that” structure, where a stance head noun takes a nominal complement clause (as advantage that in Flow cytometry offers the advantage that long term is available). This construction allows a writer to express authorial stance towards complement content and attribute a voice to that stance through pre-modification. This paper examines this construction in a corpus of 60 journal articles across six disciplines extracted from the BNC corpus. Developing an expressive classification of stance nouns and the possible voice categorisation, this study shows that the structure is not only widely used to project stance and voice, but that it displays considerable variation in the way that it is used to build knowledge across different disciplines.
- 2.Stance and voice in academic writing
- 3.“Noun + that” construction
- 4.Corpus, categorisation and analysis
- 5.Stance expressions through choice of head nouns
- 6.Voice projection through averal, attribution or concealment
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