Discourse in the Professions

Discourse in the Professions : Perspectives from corpus linguistics

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This book explores the structure and use of academic and professional discourse through the lens of corpus linguistics. The goal of this book is to show how insights from corpus linguistic analyses can help us better understand how we use academic and professional language and help us find ways to better train newcomers to the genres used in various professional contexts. The contributions to this book show that specialized corpora of specific genres from a variety of fields allow us to make more relevant observations about the function and use of language for particular purposes. The specialized corpora examined include written and spoken academic genres, written and spoken business and legal genres, and written philanthropic genres. The book showcases a variety of approaches to analyzing the discourse of specialized corpora, and each chapter concludes with a reflection on the practical and pedagogical implications of the analysis.show more

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  • Hardback | 333 pages
  • 157.5 x 221 x 25.4mm | 680.4g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588115739
  • 9781588115737

Table of contents

1. Introduction (by Connor, Ulla); 2. The argument for using English specialized corpora to understand academic and professional language (by Flowerdew, Lynne); 3. Stylistic features of academic speech: The role of formulaic expressions (by Simpson, Rita); 4. Academic language: An exploration of university classroom and textbook language (by Reppen, Randi); 5. A convincing argument: Corpus analysis and academic persuasion (by Hyland, Ken); 6. // so what have YOU been WORking on REcently //: Compiling a specialized corpus of spoken business English (by Warren, Martin); 7. TOOK // did you // from the miniBAR //: What is the practical relevance of a corpus-driven language study to practitioners in Hong Kong's hotel industry? (by Cheng, Winnie); 8. "Invisible to us": A preliminary corpus-based study of spoken business English (by McCarthy, Michael); 9. Legal discourse: Opportunities and threats for corpus linguistics (by Bhatia, Vijay); 10. The genre of grant proposals: A corpus linguistic analysis (by Connor, Ulla); 11. Rhetorical appeals in fundraising direct mail letters (by Connor, Ulla); 12. Framing matters: Communicating relationships through metaphor in fundraising texts (by Goering, Elizabeth M.); 13. Pronouns and metadiscourse as interpersonal rhetorical devices in fundraising letters: A corpus linguistic analysis (by Crismore, Avon); 14. Indexshow more