EXPRESSING LESSER RELEVANCE IN ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Diana Yankova https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4524-882X
Irena Vassileva https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0150-6375
Affiliation: New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
Conceptualization, Investigation, Validation D.Y. (lead);
Supervision, Project Administration, Data Curation, Formal Analysis I.V. (lead);
Methodology, Visualization, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing D.Y., I.V. (equal)
While marking importance and relevance in academic discourse has been a widely researched topic, markers of lesser significance have so far been understudied. The article therefore focuses on some of the discoursal means of expressing lesser importance in conference presentations. The corpus of the study comprises recordings of 20 presentations in English at international linguistics conferences by speakers of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The approach follows Deroey & Taverniers’s (2012) study of lecture discourse, whereby depending on the way lesser importance is expressed the markers are grouped under five categories. Their methodology is checked against the data provided by the transcriptions of the conference recordings to ascertain the extent to which it is applicable to other spoken academic genres. The ultimate objective is to provide steppingstones for interpreting information and distinguishing between what is important and relevant and less so in conference presentations, as well as for identifying presenters’ motivation for employing this type of metadiscourse.
Keywords: metadiscourse, lesser relevance markers, conference presentations
Received: 20 June 2020
Reviewed: 11 August 2020
Accepted: 30 November 2021
Published: 30 December 2021
Yankova, D. & Vassileva, I. (2021). Expressing Lesser Relevance in Academic Conference Presentations. English Studies at NBU, 7(2), 127-146. https://doi.org/10.33919/esnbu.21.2.1
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