Metalanguage is what ties your text together to make up a whole. Metalanguage is a series of markers, either linguistic or in terms of layout, that tell your readers where they are, or where they are going, in your text. Communicating with your reader is a part of academic writing.
The word meta originates from Greek and means ‘after’ or ‘beyond’. Metalanguage is thus defined as text about the text.
shows that you have made conscious choices in your assignment – and want to make these clear to your reader.
makes your assignment clear and easy to navigate.
links chapters and sections.
guides the reader on what he or she is reading.
must be brief and to the point.
a new section or chapter indicates, by means of layout and formatting, that there is a change in content.
different punctuation marks (e.g. a colon or exclamation mark) indicate that information is to be perceived in a certain way.
a meta-statement such as: “In the following, I will...” shows through language the progression of your text.