Meta-discursiveCues in Paper Abstracts

Inthe same way meta-discursive give us access to argumentative movementand an argument hierarchy in research articles introductions, itoffers linguistic cues helping the reader organize, interpret andevaluate information presented in a paper’s abstract. These aredone via various linguistic forms being utilized as an effectiveinterpretation on the written abstract bringing out the meaning. Assuch, meta-discourse facilitates communication, fosteringcomprehension of the abstract’s text. Authors apply variouslinguistic signals to express themselves throughout their contentensuring a better comprehension of their writing, for instance, anapplication of attitude markers such as surprisingly or unfortunatelyis commonly used in abstracts to indicate positions. Therefore,effective utilization meta-discourse cues are significant for theauthors to reach the intended target audience since they consideredbeing self-reflective linguistic expression focusing on the text andthe reader (Cornish 2).

Communicationin abstract is communicating ideas through an act of relationshipbuilding between the author and the reader, reflecting inters socialnorms for the interpersonal relationship. The language used inabstract writing presents creativity skills and build credibilitywith the mandated target group. The application of metadiscourseregisters positive effects on readability, which includes improvedcomprehension of the abstract text and ensuring recalling,stimulation of learning and interest among the reader. In a businesssetting, metadiscourse plays part in ensuring quick decision making(Toumi 64).

Inconclusion, abstracts utilize the textual metadiscourse, whichcontributes to the deployment of rhetorical strategies used inexpressing of theories of experience in more coherent ways. Thus,providing a framework that clarifies the schematic structure of thepresented abstract text, on the other hand introductions tend to relyon interpersonal meta-discourse indicating an author’s assessmentof information and the text conviction on reliability of truth.


Cornish,Francis. Indexicalsand L2 learners’ metadiscursive awareness:Creativity,Critical Thinking, Autonomy, and Motivation in English-MediumUniversity Contexts. Berlin: Springer,2014. Print.

Toumi,Naouel. &quotA model for the investigation of reflexivemetadiscourse in research articles.&quot&nbspLanguage&nbsp1(2009): 64-73. Print.