Author: Hong, Hee Kyung
Title: A comparative analysis of English and Korean learners’ use of hedging in writing
Advisors: Hu, Guangwei (ENGL)
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2020
Subject: Academic writing
Hedge (Linguistics)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Department of English
Pages: 42 pages : illustrations
Language: English
Abstract: This study explores the use of hedges in academic writing by drawing on a comparison of essays written in English by native speakers and Korean learners. There are three hypotheses in this study which state that the use of hedges differ between Korean learners and native speakers, the ability to hedge resembles native speaker competence as the proficiency of Korean learners increases, and higher scoring essays use hedges with greater frequency and appropriacy than lower scoring ones. The results indicate support for the first and third hypotheses but not for the second. There was clearly a difference in the way hedges were used correctly in the essays of Koreans and native speakers, and higher quality essays exhibited more appropriate use of hedges than lower quality ones. However, there was no evidence to indicate that the use of hedges in the more proficient Korean learners compared similarly to that of native speakers. As hedging is a difficult task for many L2 learners, this study suggests that explicit instructions need to be provided in English for academic writing courses in order to equip students with the skills and resources to use hedges appropriately.
Rights: All rights reserved
Access: restricted access

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
5136.pdfFor All Users (off-campus access for PolyU Staff & Students only)310.69 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Copyright Undertaking

As a bona fide Library user, I declare that:

  1. I will abide by the rules and legal ordinances governing copyright regarding the use of the Database.
  2. I will use the Database for the purpose of my research or private study only and not for circulation or further reproduction or any other purpose.
  3. I agree to indemnify and hold the University harmless from and against any loss, damage, cost, liability or expenses arising from copyright infringement or unauthorized usage.

By downloading any item(s) listed above, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the copyright undertaking as stated above, and agree to be bound by all of its terms.

Show full item record

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: