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On the Metapragmatics Theory of Metadiscourse in Ted Talks

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DOI: 10.25236/iwass.2021.020


Jiayu Wen

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Jiayu Wen


Metadiscourse is an important bridge to express the author's attitude and to build a relationship between author and reader.TED Talks are a well known lecture theatre for the dissemination of valuable information, and not much academic attention has been paid to the analysis of metadiscoursein TED Talks. This shows the importance of studying the metadiscourse theory of metapragmatics theory in TED. This paper begins with an overview of metadiscourse and metapragmatics, then describes the research on TED talks, and then uses TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks as a corpus to study the metadiscourse categories and discourse functions used by speakers, aiming to uncover the meta-speech awareness embodied in audience metadiscourse, discourse metadiscourse, speaker metadiscourse and message metadiscourse from a metapragmatics perspective.


Metadiscourse, Ted talk, Metapragmatics theory