I didn't say that! Uses of SAY in mediation discourse

Mathilde Janier (Lead / Corresponding author), Chris Reed (Supervisor)

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While several taxonomies of meta-discourse exist, none clearly explains speakers’ strategies in mediation. Mediators, however, seem to rely a lot on meta-discourse to manage the argument while preserving their neutrality. This article proposes corpus analyses to detect mediation participants’ discourse strategies and highlight the role and function of a meta-discourse element – the verb ‘to say’. This paper is a first step towards the elaboration of a taxonomy for the analysis of argumentative meta-discourse, and brings new insights in meta-discourse in argumentative dialogues and mediation discourse in general.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-647
Number of pages49
JournalDiscourse Studies
Issue number6
Early online date18 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • argumentative discourse
  • dispute mediation
  • discourse analysis
  • Inference Anchoring Theory
  • meta-discourse


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