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Title: Current Trends in LSP Research
Subtitle: Aims and Methods
Edited By: Margrethe Petersen
Jan Engberg
Series Title: Linguistic Insights - Volume 144

This volume offers an overview of new perspectives and ongoing
developments in research on Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) and
specialised discourse. Traditionally investigated on the basis of terminology
and genre studies, the area now also draws on such diverse fields as
sociolinguistics, sociology, psychology and communication studies. This
widening range of perspectives increases the need for insights into and
knowledge about current developments in research on LSP and specialised

The chapters included here have been selected to address this need. Based
on papers presented at the XVII European LSP Symposium, they reflect its
focus: aims and methods in current research on LSP and specialised
discourse. Two chapters present the research history of the area, its current
status, and emergent issues. Nine chapters exemplify methods currently
applied, new aims pursued, or new aims supported by innovative methods.
The methods include discourse analysis, use of specialist informants, study
of multimedia texts, sociological observation, interviews, etc. The aims vary
from unveiling politicians' linguistic representation of the 2008 financial
meltdown over inclusion of visual representations in LSP research to
clarifying the limits of lay understanding of specialised knowledge. In sum,
the volume offers the reader a holistic, yet multi-faceted overview of state-of-
the-art research in this area.

Contents: Jan Engberg/Margrethe Petersen: Aims and Methods in LSP
Research - Current Trends - Klaus Schubert: Specialized Communication
Studies: An Expanding Discipline - Richard J. Alexander: 'If money isn't
loosened up, this sucker could go down.' How Top Politicians Talk about
Financial Crises - Inger Askehave/Lise-Lotte Holmgreen: Cultural Awareness
in a Corporate Context: What Constructions of 'Culture' May Reveal - Trine
Dahl: The Ideal Informant: On the Use of Subject Specialists in Analyses of
LSP Texts - Azirah Hashim/Richard Powell: Exploring Language Choice in
Malaysian Trials and Arbitrations: Common Aims, Complementary Methods -
Beyza Björkman: Investigating English as a Lingua Franca in Applied
Science Education: Aims, Methods, Findings and Implications - Marianne
Grove Ditlevsen: Towards a Methodological Framework for Knowledge
Communication - Simona Sangiorgi: The 'As If Game' of Textual Hyperreality:
A Case Study - Martin J. Eppler/Sabrina Bresciani/Margaret Tan/Klarissa
Chang: Expanding the Boundaries of LSP Research: Using Intercultural
Experiments to Examine the Role of Visual Representations in Text
Comprehension and Retention - Frank C. Keil: The Problem of Partial
Understanding - Christopher N. Candlin/Jonathan Crichton: Emergent Themes
and Research Challenges: Reconceptualising LSP.

Margrethe Petersen is Associate Professor of English for Specific Purposes
at Aarhus University. Her current research interests include the
sociolinguistic aspects of the 'internationalised' university and academic
knowledge communication.

Jan Engberg is Professor of Knowledge Communication at Aarhus University.
His research interests include legal communication, genre analysis,
translation and the cognitive basis for the communication of expertise.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034310543
Pages: 323
Prices: U.S. $ 91.95
U.K. £ 55.00
Europe EURO 60.70