Disciplinary Variations in Framing Research Articles in the Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Fatma Yuvayapan Kahramanmaraş Istiklal University, Türkiye
  • Ilyas Yakut Kahramanmaraş Istiklal University, Türkiye




academic writing, metadiscourse, frame markers, research articles, social sciences


Metadiscourse is now a widely used term in academic discourse analysis. How academics employ rhetorical devices to structure their texts, establish reader-writer interaction and stamp their authorial stance regarding the conventions of the disciplines, cultures, and genres has been the subject of many studies. Despite the growing prominence of the term, however, some features of it, one of which is frame markers, have gone unnoticed. Frame markers signal the boundaries in the academic discourse for the readers' understanding, and they are a crucial rhetorical feature of metadiscourse. The present study examines the deployment of frame markers in research articles written between 2010 and 2019. Based on the analysis of frame markers in a corpus of research articles across four disciplines in social sciences, there were marked variations across the four disciplines in the use of frame markers and the occurrences of their sub-categories. The findings suggested that academic communities have a decisive role in constructing text structures in research articles. The results might offer guidance to academic writers on shaping the texts that their readers find persuasive.

Author Biographies

Fatma Yuvayapan, Kahramanmaraş Istiklal University, Türkiye

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatma Yuvayapan works in the Department of Translation and Interpreting at Kahramanmaraş Istiklal University, Türkiye. She has studies on English language teaching, academic writing, i.e. metadiscourse, pragmatics, and corpus linguistics. She earned her MA in professional development and held a Ph.D. degree in corpus linguistics with a specific reference to academic writing.

Ilyas Yakut, Kahramanmaraş Istiklal University, Türkiye

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ilyas Yakut has received his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Erciyes University, Türkiye. He is a faculty member at the Department of Translation and Interpreting, Kahramanmaras Istiklal University. His research interest areas cover Applied Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, and Pragmatics. One of his recent articles on pronoun usage in academic writing has appeared in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes.


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How to Cite

Yuvayapan, F., & Yakut, I. (2023). Disciplinary Variations in Framing Research Articles in the Social Sciences and Humanities. English Studies at NBU, 9(1), 107–126. https://doi.org/10.33919/esnbu.23.1.6