8. Labelling discourse acts: Interpersonal projection across registers
Geoff Thompson † [+]
University of Liverpool
The aim of the present chapter is to extend the analysis in delicacy, looking at the ways in which sub-categories of speech functions (such as ‘concession’ or ‘assertion’) may be signalled in projecting clauses, and the uses which are made of the resource. Since these clauses can be seen as a type of metadiscourse, I draw on the terminology used by Hyland (2005: 49) in referring to these more delicate categories as ‘discourse acts’; and apply the term ‘discourse act label’ to the projecting clause.