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Dissertation Information

Title: Corpus Linguistics, Contextual Collocation and ESP Syllabus Design: A text analysis approach to the study of medical research articles Add Dissertation
Author: Georgette Jabbour Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Birmingham, School of English
Completed in: In Progress
Linguistic Subfield(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): English
Director(s): Dave Willis

Abstract: In this thesis we argue for the design of an ESP reading syllabus based on collocations, as a starting point in teaching, and question the ground for the discourse of science. We build the argument on the basis that ESP teaching is connected with text analysis, the analysis of the genre specifically, and on the basis that reading theory connectsschematic mapping with linguistic elements. The language we describe for ESP context can be scpecified in patterns, themselves defined by linguistic elements, applicable to texts of the same genre. In this thesis, we therefore put forward a framework of text description, basic for syllabus design. The orientation is that an ESP syllabus design will meet the language learners'needs if language in use is taken as the basic element in the design. For this we design a research corpus of medical research articles. Language in use is represented in high frequency words, grammar and research words, forming the context of use of the medical terminology.

We also argue that if frequency is to be exploited then we must specify a framework of semantic networks and text organisation. we consider semantic networks to be incorporated in the study of prepositions and research wrods. The arggument for text organisation is built on using text averral, text attribution and tense. Text averral represents writer's argument. Text attribution refers to supporting research in the field. An attribution is an essential element in the development of the writer's argument, and is linguistically marked, whereas an averral is subtle and less marked than an attribution. Tense plays a role in the shift in reference. the analysis shows that present related tenses are related to writer'domain. patterns using the present perfect, passive and active, relate to text attribution.

In this thesis we further argue for a pedagogical corpus,as in the lexical syllabus, to organise the teaching materials in a syllabus based on collocations. A pedagogoc corpus is argued to organise item, collocationand text selection for the production of materials. It forms the framework of language in use esential for the compilation of the grammar of the medical research article.