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Summary 1) Introduction : Define what boosters and hedges and use thesis stament In this paper I draw on interviews with academic writers and an analysis of research articles from eight academic disciplines to offer a preliminary characterisation of the importance, distribution and functions of hedges and boosters in a range of fields. The paper is organised in terms of both the range of features employed in the disciplinary corpora and the major functions they perform in them. I begin by presenting the quantitative results, then go on to examine the distribution of features in terms of the disciplinary conventions of hard and soft knowledge domains. In the longest section I consider the role of authorial involvement in rhetorical choices, examining how the strategic management of commitment influences such issues as writer presence and participant relationships. Before I discuss the study, however, I would like to briefly outline the general discoursal role of hedges and boosters. What are hedges and boosters? Hedges and boosters are communicative strategies for increasing or reducing the force of statements. Their importance in academic discourse lies in their contribution to an appropriate rhetorical and 1 interactive tenor, conveying both epistemic and affective meanings. That is, they not only carry the writer’s degree of confidence in the truth of a proposition, but also an attitude to the audience. 2) Body: Describe what methods they used on page 5. "Data and Methods" Data and methods The data for this study consists of a corpus of published articles together with a series of interviews with members of the relevant discourse communities. This combination of
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  • Spring '11
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  • Management, Academia, research articles, soft knowledge domains, relevant discourse communities

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