HEDGING AND ITS LINGUISTIC MANIFESTATION IN SPOKEN AND WRITTEN DISCOURSE: CORPUS RESEARCH


  • Tatiana Aksiutina
Keywords: hedging, theory of politeness, corpus research, lexical bundles, spoken discourse, academic written discourse

Abstract

The article studies the concept hedging by focusing on problems concerning definition, the history of its origin and classifications of hedge-markers. The study aims to look at the way hedging works in context rather than in isolation. It also strives to contribute to the research on hedges considering them within the framework of P. Brown and S. Levinson’s politeness theory as face-saving strategies both in spoken and academic written discourse. Its objective is to find and offer the ways of making verbal and non-verbal communication more effective through providing interlocutors in discourse with both the knowledge about hedges and the opportunity to develop their skills in using them as a communicative strategy.Hedging as analyzed in the present article builds upon the corpus approach framework and is accounted for through sociolinguistic criteria. The major findings refer to examining both the rate and range of hedge markers used by learners of English and Ukrainian at varying proficiency levels. The article claims that hedges can belong to any part of speech and lists as examples nouns, verbs, adjectives. Recently, so-called lexical bundles referred to as word clusters have attracted the attention of corpus linguists. Clusters are understood as word chains consisting of 2-5 components, which are located in contact and are reproduced in speech as integral phrases. These include both recurrent complete sentences and structurally incomplete word-combinations. In this context, it should be emphasized no linguistic items are inherently hedgy, but can acquire this quality depending on the communicative context.The article explores the ambiguity of cross-cultural hedge correspondences.

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Published
2021-08-02
How to Cite
Aksiutina, T. (2021). HEDGING AND ITS LINGUISTIC MANIFESTATION IN SPOKEN AND WRITTEN DISCOURSE: CORPUS RESEARCH. Anglistics and Americanistics, 1(18), 4-10. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.15421/382101
Section
RELEVANT ISSUES OF LINGUISTICS