In "Some Exploratory Discourse on Metadiscourse," Vande Kopple proposes two levels of writing. On one level, he says, the author provides propositional material concerning the subject matter in the text. On the other level, the author "does not add propositional material" but does "help our readers organize, classify, interpret, evaluate, and react to such material" (83). This is where metadiscourse operates. It follows that metadiscourse becomes "discourse about discourse or communication about communication" (83). 6
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