Signalling Nouns in English

Signalling Nouns in English : A Corpus-Based Discourse Approach

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Signalling nouns (SNs) are abstract nouns like 'fact', 'idea', 'problem' and 'result', which are non-specific in their meaning when considered in isolation and specific in their meaning by reference to their linguistic context. SNs contribute to cohesion and evaluation in discourse. This work offers the first book-length study of the SN phenomenon to treat the functional and discourse features of the category as primary. Using a balanced corpus of authentic data, the book explores the lexicogrammatical and discourse features of SNs in academic journal articles, textbooks, and lectures across a range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences. The book will be essential reading for researchers and advanced students of semantics, syntax, corpus linguistics and discourse analysis, in addition to scholars and teachers in the field of English for academic purposes.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1 b/w illus. 85 tables
  • 1139135406
  • 9781139135405

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Grammatical features of signalling nouns; 3. Semantic features; 4. Discourse features; 5. Criteria for determining what constitutes a signalling noun in this study; 6. Corpus, methodology, annotation system, and reporting of the data; 7. Set of examples; 8. Overview of signalling noun distributions in the corpus; 9. Overview of semantic categories; 10. Overview of lexicogrammatical and discourse pattern frequencies; 11. Conclusion; References; Appendix A. The overall structure of the corpus; Appendix B. List of texts that make up the corpus; Appendix C. Lemmatised SNs in descending order according to normalised frequency; Appendix D. Non-lemmatised SNs in descending order according to normalised frequency; Appendix E. Lemmatised SNs in alphabetical order; Appendix F. Non-lemmatised SNs in alphabetical order; Appendix G. Frequency of SNs in different semantic categories.show more

Review quote

'Powerfully evidenced throughout with reference to a wide range of corpus sources, this is a very richly textured book of singular importance to our understanding of a core feature of discourse organisation, extending previous work with real insight and originality.' Ronald Carter, University of Nottingham 'This corpus-based description of the grammatical and discourse features of signaling nouns provides important insights into their use, and makes a critical contribution to exploring cohesion and coherence in texts. It's well worth reading!' Peter H. Fries, Professor Emeritus, Central Michigan University 'This book will be a valuable reference to those who are interested in the systematic functions of nouns and language educators within academic writing and reading.' Kevin Jiang, Functions of Language 'This book is a welcome addition to Cambridge University Press's excellent Studies in English Language series. For John Flowerdew it represents the culmination of work on a set of nouns that he first identified and named in 1994 and on which, often with Ph.D. students and other research associates, he has been working ever since.' Susan Hunston, English Language and Linguisticsshow more