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Retaliated With Tariffs on: A Corpus Analysis of Lexical Bundles in TED Talks and BBC News on Global Business Issues

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2020, 21(2), pp.71-84
  • DOI : 10.18095/meeso.2020.21.2.71
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching
  • Received : March 4, 2020
  • Accepted : May 11, 2020
  • Published : May 31, 2020

Dohwan Shin 1 Yu Kyoung Shin 2

1Hallym University
2한림대학교

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ABSTRACT

While several studies have compared lexical bundle (LB) usage across academic written texts, few have controlled for semantic context, which inevitably affects the usage of bundles. This study examines LBs in the texts of BBC news articles and TED talks in one semantic domain (i.e., global business). It first compares the use of LBs identified in BBC written news articles and TED talks, and then further explores how the LBs are embedded in context. The results show significantly different types of discourse functions and structures to be characteristic of each corpus. The BBC news corpus shows written features including referential expression bundles and phrasal bundles embedded in multiple PPs, while the TED talks rely heavily on features of spoken genres such as stance expression bundles and clausal bundles. Yet both corpora share several features typical of academic written genres. In addition, the findings show that the structures in which the LBs are embedded serve different syntactic roles in each corpus. The finding of differences in spoken and written discourse conventions in the shared semantic context of global business has pedagogical applications for business-related courses at the university level as well as English for Academic Purposes courses.

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