"Together, we fight the virus": An exploratory study of the use of metadiscourse in Hong Kong's Chinese newspapers

Chung Kwong Ho, Wenxin Zhang

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This exploratory qualitative study was conducted in the summer of 2020 when
Hong Kong people probably needed a substantial boost in their confidence in themselves, the government, and the future. Through the lens of metadiscourse, we investigated the way the city’s Chinese newspapers attempted the confidence boost in editorials and opinion columns – the two newspaper genres that are probably the most persuasive because of the inclusion and expression of the journalists’ and newspapers’ stance and ideologies. Drawing upon metadiscourse as the analytical framework, the article analyses the rhetoric of the discourse of 31 editorials and opinion columns extracted from five key Chinese newspapers in Hong Kong. The patterns of use of metadiscourse in the two genres have been identified. The roles played by Chinese newspapers that circulated in Hong Kong while the city was undergoing one of the hardest periods in its history are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberhttps://doi.org/10.1558/eap.18116
Pages (from-to)161-183
Number of pages23
JournalEast Asian Pragmatics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2021

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