Key Concept #20: Metadiscourse

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. Click on the thumbnail to download the PDF. Lists organized  chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

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Buttny, R. (2014). Metadiscourse. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 20. Available from:
https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/key-concept-metadiscourse.pdf

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Richard Buttny Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesRichard Buttny is a professor of communication and rhetorical studies at Syracuse University.

His research interests include discursive analysis, ethnopolitical discourse, and environmental conflicts.

Sample publications:

Sandel, T.L., Buttny, R. & Varghese, M. (2019). Online exchange across three  contexts: An analysis of culture and technological affordances.  Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 48, 52-71.

Buttny, R. (2018). Commentary on accounts for breaking the silence: An Israeli discourse of dissent. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 13, 17-22.

Buttny, R., & Hashim, A. (2015). Dialogue on ‘1 Malaysia’: The uses of metadiscourse in ethnopolitical accounting. Discourse & Society26(2), 147-164.

Buttny, R., Hashim, A., & Kaur, K. (2013). Ethnopolitical discourse among ordinary Malaysians: Diverging accounts of “the good-old days” in discussing multiculturalism. Text & Talk33(3), 289-309.

Buttny, R. (2003). Multiple voices in talking race: Pakeha reported speech. in the discursive construction of the racial other. In H. van den Berg, M. Wetherell & H. Houtkoop-Steenstra (Eds.), Analyzing race talk: Multidisciplinary perspectives on the research interview (pp. 103-118). Cambridge University Press.

See his web page for more specifics. See description of his Fulbright in Malaysia, already published elsewhere on this site.

Richard Buttny – Fulbright

Richard Buttny
Syracuse University

Fulbright to Malaysia/Fulbright Senior Specialist to India

Having a Fulbright Fellowship has been a great experience, meeting and working along with colleagues at their universities.  I had a Fulbright to Malaysia at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Shah Alam for six months in 2008-09.  I ended up giving lectures to faculty on qualitative research methods and taught one graduate class on media and culture.  I was able to work with colleagues on on-going research projects and have been back to the region a couple more times.

My first Fulbright was made possible by a former graduate student who had become Chair of his Department and wrote a letter on my behalf.  This was a Fulbright Senior Specialist to lecture on intercultural communication at Punjabi University, India, 2003.  The Senior Specialist awards are only up to six weeks.  I wish I would have had a longer stay there.

Fulbright Program

FulbrightsThe Fulbright International Exchange Program, under the auspices of the US State Department, offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States. Different programs are available for faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates (see links to all the different programs). Although most of the programs are for full years, the Fulbright Specialist Program offers stays of 2-6 weeks. Fulbrights are one of the easiest ways for US academics to connect internationally.

By 2014 Fulbright circulated the following information: “As of last year, lifetime limits on Fulbright Scholar Program grants have been lifted, as have waiting periods between grants. This means more flexibility and opportunity to partake in Fulbright experiences throughout your career; you can participate on a semester-long award and not jeopardize your ability to get back on the Roster or your other future participation.” So for those who have already had one Fulbright, consider requesting another!

A few examples of Communication scholars who have been awarded Fulbrights are listed below. If you have completed any of the varieties of Fulbright awards, and wish to have your description added, send an email with details, or post a comment below.

Mara Adelman – Ethiopia
David L. Altheide – Germany and Portugal
Richard Buttny – Malaysia and India
Kevin Barnhurst – Peru and Italy
Donal Carbaugh – Finland
Kristen Cvancara – Finland
Steven Darian – Uzbekistan
Don Ellis – Israel
Glenn Geiser-Getz (Russia & Ghana)
Phillip Glenn – Moldava
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz – Portugal
Sheila McNamee – Colombia
Tema Milstein – New Zealand

Jon Nussbaum – Wales
Susan Opt – Czech Republic
Todd Sandel – Taiwan
James Schnell – Cambodia
Stacey K. Sowards – Indonesia
John Parrish-Sprowl – Macedonia and Belarus

Ayseli Usluata – USA (from Turkey)
Paul Voakes – Uganda
Joseph Zompetti – Sri Lanka and Brazil