Author: Huang, Jin
Title: "Let's keep it up together" : a corpus-based investigation of interpersonal meanings in student's peer review in an online community
Advisors: Veloso, Francisco (ENGL)
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2015
Subject: Discourse analysis
Corpora (Linguistics)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Department of English
Pages: vi, 55 pages
Language: English
Abstract: Whereas former researches on peer review made great efforts to study its effectiveness as a classroom teaching resource, this MA research looks at the language used in 254 pieces of peer review texts from a group of Chinese students preparing for TOEFL writing exam in an online forum. Applying a systemic functional approach to analyze the corpus of the review text, this expository study aims at delineating the generic structure and discursive pattern of the texts and, based on the analysis, sets out to understand the bidirectional relationship between the contextautonomous, voluntary peer review distinctively different from the common classroom-based, instructor-mediated peer reviewand the text. Specifically, it looks into how interpersonal meanings are being constructed and negotiated through the texts that the student reviewers produce, and how in this respect language helps to construct a sense of community in the asynchronous online setting. Findings show that peer review texts are characterized by a series of discursive elements that are shaped largely by the situational context within which the texts are embedded; some available lexicogrammatical resources that student reviewers use to enact interpersonal meanings are inclusive "we" and different types of modality.
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Access: restricted access

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