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Wed Sep 21 2011

Diss: Discourse Analysis: Gawlik: 'Basic Verba Dicendi in Academic ...'

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        1.     Oskar Gawlik , Basic Verba Dicendi in Academic Spoken English

Message 1: Basic Verba Dicendi in Academic Spoken English
Date: 06-Sep-2011
From: Oskar Gawlik <oskargawlikvp.pl>
Subject: Basic Verba Dicendi in Academic Spoken English
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Institution: Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland
Program: discourse analysis
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Oskar Gawlik

Dissertation Title: Basic Verba Dicendi in Academic Spoken English

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Dissertation Director(s):
Andrzej ?yda

Dissertation Abstract:

The main goal of the dissertation was to explore the syntax, semantics,
pragmatics and functions of basic verba dicendi (say, talk, tell and speak) in
contemporary American academic spoken English (in the MICASE corpus of
lectures). A point of departure for my investigations was the fact that all the
four verbs are employed to report speech acts, but these verba dicendi may
perspectivize the linguistic scene in different ways. Consequently, what was of
focal interest in my doctoral dissertation was the way of perspectivizing the
acts of locution by means of basic verba dicendi, with corpus linguistics
constituting the most suitable methodological tool, complemented, inter alia, by
introspective judgments. The implications and applications of the findings may
be numerous, ranging from pedagogical ones (material writers would be in a
better position to generate EAP textbooks which might reflect actual language
use) to linguistic ones: linguists could either validate or disconfirm their
hypotheses concerning the actual occurrences of basic verba dicend in the
academic milieu.

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