Article published in:Corpora and Discourse: The challenges of different settings
Edited by Annelie Ädel and Randi Reppen
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 31] 2008
► pp. 117–131
6. Determining discourse-based moves in professional reports
This chapter reports on a study which combines corpus-based and genrebased approaches to the analysis of a 225,000-word corpus of 60 environmental recommendation-based reports. I first describe the discourse-based coding system, which draws on the concept of genre move structure analysis, accounting for three different, but inter-related levels of text: (i) macrostructure; (ii) genre structure, and (iii) textual patterning, i.e. elements of the Problem-Solution pattern. I then describe the keyword analysis for the corpus as a whole and the key-key word analysis for each individual report. These keyword analyses provide internal linguistic evidence for classifying the reports as Problem-Solution based. An analysis of selected words (problem / problems and impact / impacts) reveals that their collocational behavior and involvement in certain causative phrases are related to specific discourse-based move structures.
Published online: 26 June 2008
Cited by 2 other publications
Alessi, Glen Michael
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