The Investigation of Metadiscourse Markers in Newspaper Reports: The Case of Ukrainian Plane Crash.
Mazin Jasim Al-Hilu, Ruaa Hadallah Khudiar
Metadiscourse is an all-inclusive piece of our ordinary language, and most important feature of how we communicate in a variety of different genres and settings. In brief, metadiscourse is known as an essential means of promoting communication, emphasizing a writer's point and, constructing a relationship with the audience. This paper investigates the utilization of metadiscourse markers in the newspaper reports about the Ukrainian plane crash. The aim of this study is to discover how the utilization of metadiscourse markers plays a role in building and attaining persuasion and how these Ukrainian, Iranian and American newspapers and politicians stylistically biased. From Ukraine, the Kyiv Post newspaper, Tehran Times from Iran, and New York Times from the United State of America have been chosen, both for their rank and due to the political and rhetorical impact they employ in their own national cultures. The model adopted for this study is Hyland (2005) taxonomy since it is known for being recent, clear and comprehensive.
Results revealed that the two kinds of metadiscourse markers are presented in the three sets of data but with some differences in the frequency of occurrences. However, findings exposed that interactive markers are widely used in the newspapers. In term of interactional markers, hedges and boosters are the most common types. This denotes that writers as well as politicians use metadiscourse to gain affective influences among readers.