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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Introduction 1
The argument for using English specialized corpora to understand academic and professional language 11
Stylistic features of academic speech : the role of formulaic expressions 37
Academic language : an exploration of university classroom and textbook language 65
A convincing argument : corpus analysis and academic persuasion 87
// [actual symbol not reproducible] so what have YOU been WORking on REcently // : compiling a specialized corpus of spoken business English 115
// [actual symbol not reproducible] did you [TOOK] // [actual symbol not reproducible] from the miniBAR // : what is the practical relevance of a corpus-driven language study to practitioners in Hong Kong's hotel industry? 141
"Invisible to us" : a preliminary corpus-based study of spoken business English 167
Legal discourse : opportunities and threats for corpus linguistics 203
The genre of grant proposals : a corpus linguistic analysis 235
Rhetorical appeals in fundraising direct mail letters 257
Framing matters : communicating relationships through metaphor in fundraising texts 287
Pronouns and metadiscourse as interpersonal rhetorical devices in fundraising letters : a corpus linguistic analysis 307
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