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Qatar University, in partnership with the University of Exeter (UoE) in the UK and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in Qatar, announced the launch of the Qatari Corpus of Argumentative Writing.

This innovative research project is a part of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which emphasizes human development. The three-year National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) from 2019 to 2022, has culminated in a comprehensive bilingual writing corpus. The course focuses on the argumentative writing skills of Qatari university students in their first language (L1) Arabic and second language (L2) English.

The primary goals of this groundbreaking project are twofold. First, to build the Qatari Corpus of Argumentative Writing and analyze students’ use of metadiscourse and voice markers in both L1 Arabic and L2 English. Secondly, to understand students’ metalinguistic awareness of their usage of these rhetorical devices.

Metadiscourse and voice markers refer to the linguistic methods writers use to project themselves into their writing, signal their stance, and engage readers. page 4

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