A Comparative Study of Metadiscourse Markers in English and Persian University Lectures

Document Type : Research Article


ELT Department, College of humanities, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz, Iran


The purpose of this study was to compare metadiscourse markers in forty English and Persian university lectures. Twenty of them were selected from the British Academic Spoken English corpus. The other 20 were selected from an Iranian website (www.maktoobkhane.com). We used Hyland’s (2005) model of metadiscourse. The metadiscourses were collected. Further, the frequency of each type was studied. Finally, native English data were compared to Persian ones. Data were analyzed through Chi-square and findings revealed there were meaningful differences between the two corpora. However, as for boosters, the difference was not meaningful in both lectures.