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reference to the name or the attached files except in the ‘identifying topic’ move of the emails; the latter, however, was usually followed by a brief description about the attached files. The use of these constructs was also common in the ‘responding to request’ rhetorical moves that included attached files. To investigate the lexico-grammatical features and register variation in the four main content moves and the supporting move, eleven major linguistic features were investigated. This included the use of the grammatical mood (declarative, interrogative and imperative), tenses (simple past, simple present, present perfect, present continuous and simple future), passive voice (agentless passive and ‘by’ passive), pronouns (first, second and third person singular and plural subjective and objective pronouns), demonstrative pronouns, public verbs, suasive verbs, private verbs (cognitive verbs), modal verbs, hedges and place and time adverbials. These linguistic features were selected because of their relatively high frequency of occurrence in the corpus of email messages, on the one hand, and their functional significance in determining the register of the rhetorical moves, on the other. This investigation revealed that the corpus of email messages included features of the seven basic dimensions of register variation in English (Biber, 1988, 1995) (see table 8.1 below).
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Table 8.1: Lexico-grammatical features in the main content moves Linguistic Grammatical Tenses Passive Public Suasive Cognitive Pronouns Demonstrative Modal Hedges Place and features mood voice verbs verbs verbs pronouns verbs time (private adverbials Move verbs) Discussing Declarative S. Present Agentless Common Common Private 1 st person Common (text- Possibility Reader- Both issues S. Past passive factual, singular, internal, text- Permission oriented common P. Perfect (not very private 2 nd person, external & Obligations S. Future common) mental & 3 rd person abstract Content- mental state Mainly concept ) oriented verb singular Requesting Interrogative S. Present Not Not very Not very Unfulfilled 1 st person Common (text Volitive Not Both Imperative S. Past
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