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English for Specific Purposes World (ESP World)

English for Specific Purposes World

ISSN 1682-3257

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Mr. Osei Yaw Akoto. Adaptation of Token-Value Concepts to the Analysis of Code Glosses in University of Cape Coast Students' Handbook


Over the past three decades, metadiscourse studies have engendered a booming interest from scholars in Applied Linguistics, discourse analysis and English for Specific Purposes. While most of these studies have focused on disciplinary genres, academic writings, business discourses, and parliamentary discourses, the same cannot be said about the 'handbook genre'. Further, code glosses, one of the metadiscourse subcategories, have also not been given much attention. To fill the above gaps, the present study adapts Hallidays' concept of token and value to explore code glosses in UCC students' handbook. The results reveal that token-value configuration is predominant in the handbook as compared to value-token sequence. Also, the study reveals that there are four semantico-syntactic relationships, which are defining, exemplifying, synonymous and simplifying, between token and value in UCC students' handbook. The findings have implication for the theories of Systemic Functional Linguistics and metadiscourse; and institutional communication.  

Keywords: metadiscourse, code glosses, token, value, handbook




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