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Title: Discourse in the Professions
Subtitle: Perspectives from corpus linguistics
Edited By: Ulla Connor
Thomas A. Upton
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL%2016
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 16
Description:

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.


Table of contents

Introduction
Ulla Connor and Thomas A. Upton 1–8

The argument for using English specialized corpora to understand academic and professional language
Lynne Flowerdew 11-33

Stylistic features of academic speech: The role of formulaic expressions
Rita Simpson 37-64

Academic language: An exploration of university classroom and textbook language
Randi Reppen 65-86

A convincing argument: Corpus analysis and academic persuasion
Ken Hyland 87-112
// so what have YOU been WORking on REcently //: Compiling a specialized corpus of spoken business English
Martin Warren 115-140

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?
Winnie Cheng 141-166
"Invisible to us": A preliminary corpus-based study of spoken business English
Michael McCarthy and Michael Handford 167-201

Legal discourse: Opportunities and threats for corpus linguistics
Vijay K. Bhatia 203-231

The genre of grant proposals: A corpus linguistic analysis
Ulla Connor and Thomas A. Upton 235-255

Rhetorical appeals in fundraising direct mail letters
Ulla Connor and Kostya Gladkov 257-286

Framing matters: Communicating relationships through metaphor in fundraising texts
Elizabeth M. Goering 287-306

Pronouns and metadiscourse as interpersonal rhetorical devices in fundraising letters: A corpus linguistic analysis
Avon Crismore 307-330

Index 331-333

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115739
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 334 pp.
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ISBN: 9027222878
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 334 pp.
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