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BONNET, Marcela  and  GONZALEZ, Daniela Soledad. Scientific Writing in Disciplines: Analysis of the Interpersonal Metadiscourse in Chemistry, Biology, and Philosophy Scientific Articles. Signo pensam. [online]. 2016, vol.35, n.69, pp.16-28. ISSN 0120-4823.  http://dx.doi.org/10.11144/Javeriana.syp35-69.ecda.

This article inquires, by means of a comparative study between scientific articles, about how authors are constructed as academic speaking subjects in different disciplines. We took the categories of Halliday's interpersonal metafunction and Hyland's metadiscourse. Based on a qualitative analysis methodology, we analyze a corpus made of three series: A series (philosophy articles); B series (biology articles) and; C series (chemistry articles). Results show that philosophy articles show mitigating and emphasizing elements homogenously across the whole texts, due to the prevailing argumentative intention existing in them. To the contrary, in biology and chemistry articles there is a greater presence of modifiers when the importance of the object of the study is highlighted or when results are discussed. Philosophy articles show first person markers not found in other disciplines.

Keywords : knowledge; disciplines; scientific writing; interpersonal discourse.

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