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. 116–133
Students’ use of lexical bundles
Exploring the discipline and writing experience interface
This chapter presents the results of an investigation into the interaction between discipline and writing experience on lexical bundle (LB) production. The study compared the production of 4-word LBs by novice and expert writers in medical and non-medical fields. The findings indicated that a combination of both writing experience and field-specific knowledge led to an increased use of medical LBs. Field-specific knowledge and experience seemed to be a prerequisite for the production of medical LBs with interactions demonstrating that the use of lexical bundles increased with the combination of field-specific knowledge and experience. The chapter interprets these findings based on previous research of learners’ acquisition of LBs and discusses their implications for both research and pedagogy.
Published online: 20 February 2020
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