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Title: Certainty judgements and the status of propositions in undergraduate essays
Authors: Mei, W.S. 
Keywords: Arguments
Status evaluation
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Citation: Mei, W.S. (2013-12). Certainty judgements and the status of propositions in undergraduate essays. RELC Journal 44 (3) : 279-302. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper explores the expression of certainty in a set of high- and low-rated Geography argumentative essays. Using one aspect of Hunston's (1989, 2000) concept of the evaluation of status, the paper compares the statement types used to construe the writer's expression of certainty in the construction of arguments. Drawing on the framework, linguistic expressions that use different statement types are presented in the light of their rhetorical functions to illustrate their role in the development of arguments. Generally, high-rated script writers make more frequent use of particular statement types, including a type of factual statement, interpretation-support and interpretation-mean statements. The latter two categories are used to reinforce the importance of evidence provided in an argument. Implications for the teaching of certain statement types and their linguistic expressions are also discussed. © The Author(s) 2013.
Source Title: RELC Journal
ISSN: 00336882
DOI: 10.1177/0033688213500495
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