Chapter published in:Advances in Corpus-based Research on Academic Writing: Effects of discipline, register, and writer expertise
Edited by Ute Römer, Viviana Cortes and Eric Friginal
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 95] 2020
► pp. 60–88
A corpus-based exploration of constructions in written academic English as a lingua franca
With English being the global language of research, academic English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) research has gained wide recognition. While early research showcased the dynamic nature of spoken academic ELF, written academic ELF, a more recent focus of research, remains to be under-studied. However, not only are there known differences between speaking and writing, writing is also the dominant mode of reporting new research in academia. Situated within usage-based Construction Grammar (CxG), the present study aims to identify constructions in written academic ELF in comparison to American academic writing. Our methodological approach, which combined a key word analysis with systematic explorations of fixed and variable phraseological items in a corpus of ELF academic writing, leads to the identification of constructions that are characteristic of written academic ELF.
Published online: 20 February 2020
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