Intersubjective Positioning in Medical Research Discourse
Daniel Lees Fryer
According to Bakhtin, all utterances are dialogic. This implies that all utterances are in some way stanced or attitudinal, since a speaker/writer is influenced by, refers to, and responds to what has been said/written before, and simultaneously anticipates the responses of the putative listener/reader. In my Ph.D. project, I use the theoretical frameworks of systemic-functional linguistics and appraisal, as well as research on rhetoric and academic literacy, to examine how this dialogism manifests itself in medical research discourse and how medical researchers themselves apply and interpret such dialogic resources in order to engage with the heteroglossia of previous research and the anticipated responses of the reader.
An integral part of the project involves the construction and annotation of a corpus of medical research articles. In this presentation, I will describe how data for the corpus has been collected and how this data has been/will be annotated and analyzed for its dialogic properties. I will also present some of the challenges I have encountered so far, including potential constraints of the appraisal framework and its application to a corpus of multimodal texts.