Effective Metadiscourse Strategies in Texts of English and Arabic Trade Agreements to attain persuasion
Keywords:metadiscourse markers, interactive markers, interactional markers, trade agreements, persuasion.
Persuasion is a process studied by many scholars from the Greek time until the present. One persuasion strategy is metadiscourse, which refers to the writers' awareness of their text, the way they present themselves to the readers. The writers use metadiscourse markers to help the readers understand the real meaning of the text (Hyland 2005). The paper carries out a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the employment of persuasive metadiscourse markers in two English trade agreements and two Arabic agreements has provided in terms of Hyland's (2005) model of interactive and interactional markers. The aim is to find out whether all types of metadiscourse markers are used or not, and also to see whether English or Arabic employs more markers in their agreement texts. At the end, the analysis shows that Arabic agreements employ more metadiscourse markers than English agreements.
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