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Title: Assertions in students’ academic essays : a comparison of English NS and NNS student writers
Authors: Milton, John C. P.
Hyland, Ken
Keywords: English language
Students essay writing
Linguistic strategies
Native speakers
Non-native speakers
Issue Date: Jun-1996
Citation: Language analysis, description and pedagogy, proceedings of international conference organized by Language Centre, HKUST (1996), HKUST, 1999. p. 147-161
Abstract: This paper examines the use of doubt and certainty in two large corpora of NS and NNS student essays. Our purpose is to identify the lexical devices and formulaic expressions that learners employ to express academic claims and to compare the linguistic strategies of NS and NNS students of similar age, educational level, and writing in comparable contexts. First, we discuss the importance of modality and describe the corpora.
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