Metadiscourse

When a writer makes references to the structure of the writing itself 1. For example:

  • “as we shall see”
  • “three paragraphs ago”
  • “before I move to my next point I must introduce a new term”

References

1.
Thomas, F.-N. & Turner, M. Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose - Second Edition. (Princeton University Press, 2011).