Keywords: academic writing, law journals, epistemic modality, argumentative strategies.
Over the last few years the interest of scholars working in the field of
academic discourse has been directed towards language variation, and
academic writing is no longer considered as a consistent and homogeneous
form of discourse. The importance traditionally given to the consensual
and static aspects of disciplinary communication has been coupled with
the emphasis placed upon the analysis not only of interactions, practices
and activities typical of various discourse communities, but also new
terminologies and instances of interdiscursivity in genres as the results
of the development of new communication media. The findings of the
linguistic analysis conducted on the variation in the use of epistemic
modality markers in the online research articles included in the corpus
can be used to understand the socio-cultural implications of the virtual
encounters of local and global practices and perspectives.