Metadiscourse

This tool analyses the Metadiscourse markers used in your text. Metadiscourse markers (such as ‘firstly’ and ‘in conclusion’) refer explicitly to aspects of the organisation of a text, or indicate a writer’s stance towards the text’s content or towards the reader (Hyland 2004a: 109). They are important markers in more academic text styles.
Text Inspector analyses thirteen categories of metadiscourse marker:

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This is Hyland’s description of the markers (note that Boosters is the same as Emphatics)

 

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Below is the full list of Metadiscourse markers as used in Text Inspector. Remember that you also need to take account of the context to be sure that the term identified by Text Inspector is in fact being used as the discourse marker you were expecting.
Announce Goals (Frame marker)
my purpose
the aim
I intend
I seek
I wish
I argue
I propose
I suggest
I discuss
I would like to
I will focus on
we will focus on
I will emphasise
we will emphasise
my goal is
in this section
in this chapter
here I do this
here I will
Attitude markers
admittedly
I agree
amazingly
appropriately
correctly
curiously
disappointing
disagree
even
fortunately
have to
hopefully
important
importantly
interest
interestingly
prefer
pleased
must
ought
prefer
remarkable
surprisingly
unfortunate
unfortunately
unusually
understandably
Code glosses
for example
for instance
e.g.
i.e.
that is
that is to say
namely
in other words
this means
which means
in fact
Viz.
specifically
such as
put another way
known as
defined as
called
Emphatics (Boosters)
actually
always
apparent
I believe
certain that
certainly
certainty
clearly
it is clear
conclusively
decidedly
definitely
demonstrate
determine
doubtless
essential
establish
in fact
the fact that
indeed
know
it is known that
must
never
no doubt
beyond doubt
obvious
obviously
of course
prove
show
sure
true
undoubtedly
well known
won’t
even if
should
by far
Endophorics
see
noted
discussed below
discussed above
discussed earlier
discussed later
discussed before
section
chapter
fig
figure
table
example
page
Evidentials
according to
cite
cites
quote
established
said
says
points out
points to
point to
point out
argues
argue
claim
claims
believe
believes
suggests
suggest
show
shows
proves
prove
demonstrates
demonstrate
found that
studies
research
literature
Hedges
almost
apparently
appear to be
approximately
assume
believed
certain extent
certain level
certain amount
could
couldn’t
doubt
essentially
estimate
frequently
generally
in general
indicate
largely
likely
mainly
may
maybe
might
mostly
often
perhaps
plausible
possible
possibly
presumably
probable
probably
relatively
seems
sometimes
somewhat
suggest
suspect
unlikely
uncertain
unclear
usually
would
wouldn’t
little
not understood
Label stages 
(Frame marker)
to conclude
in conclusion
to sum up
in sum
summarise
summarize
overall
on the whole
all in all
so far
thus far
to repeat
Logical connectives
and
but
therefore
thereby
so
so as to
in addition
similarly
equally
likewise
moreover
furthermore
in contrast
by contrast
as a result
the result is
result in
since
because
consequently
as a consequence
accordingly
on the other hand
on the contrary
however
besides
also
whereas
while
although
even though
though
yet
nevertheless
nonetheless
hence
thus
leads to
or
Person markers
I
we
me
my
our
mine
Relational markers 
incidentally
by the way
determine
consider
imagine
let
let us
let’s
lets
note
notice
our
recall
our
us
we
you
your
one’s
assume
think about
Sequencing 
(Frame marker)
to start with
first
firstly
second
secondly
third
thirdly
fourth
fourthly
fifty
fifthly
next
to begin
last
lastly
finally
subsequently
two
three
four
five
Topic shifts (Frame marker)
well
to move on
to look more closely
to come back to
in regard to
with regard to
to digress