Representation in scientific practice revisited, Published: (2014).
Hedging is central to academic writing as it expresses possibility rather than certainty and collegiality rather than presumption. It is one means by which writers manage this pragmatic dimension of discourse and this text attempts to shed light on the use of hedging in published scientific papers.
Hyland's (1996) pragmatic framework of hedging categorization is used as the .
Hyland's (1996) pragmatic framework of hedging categorization is used as the framework of this study. Possible contextual and socio-cultural influences in the differing types of hedges employed by the English and Malay discourse communities are also discussed. The AntConc concordance software was used to identify the instances of hedges and boosters in both disciplines.