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Article: Academic lexis and disciplinary practice: corpus evidence for specificity

TitleAcademic lexis and disciplinary practice: corpus evidence for specificity
Authors
KeywordsAcademic Word List
Vocabulary
Lexical bundles
Disciplinary writing
Specificity
Issue Date2009
PublisherUniversidad de Murcia, Servicio de Publicaciones. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.um.es/ijes/
Citation
International Journal of English Studies, 2009, v. 9 n. 2, p. 111-129 How to Cite?
Abstract
The presence of unfamiliar words and expressions in academic texts is a serious obstacle to students reading in a second language. EAP has responded to this challenge by taking the view that there is a common core of academic vocabulary which is frequent across an academic register. This paper briefly considers this view by examining the range, frequency, collocation, and meaning of items on the Academic Word List (AWL) in a large multidisciplinary corpus. Our corpus analysis shows that individual lexical items on the list often occur and behave in different ways across disciplines and that words commonly contribute to 'lexical bundles' which also reflect disciplinary preferences. Our findings question the widely held assumption that there is a single core vocabulary needed for academic study and suggests that teachers should assist students towards developing a more restricted, disciplinary-based lexical repertoire.
DescriptionFulltext link (Open Access Journal)
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130152
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dc.contributor.authorHyland, KLen_US
dc.contributor.authorTse, Pen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:47:32Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:47:32Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of English Studies, 2009, v. 9 n. 2, p. 111-129en_US
dc.identifier.issn1578-7044-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130152-
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dc.description.abstractThe presence of unfamiliar words and expressions in academic texts is a serious obstacle to students reading in a second language. EAP has responded to this challenge by taking the view that there is a common core of academic vocabulary which is frequent across an academic register. This paper briefly considers this view by examining the range, frequency, collocation, and meaning of items on the Academic Word List (AWL) in a large multidisciplinary corpus. Our corpus analysis shows that individual lexical items on the list often occur and behave in different ways across disciplines and that words commonly contribute to 'lexical bundles' which also reflect disciplinary preferences. Our findings question the widely held assumption that there is a single core vocabulary needed for academic study and suggests that teachers should assist students towards developing a more restricted, disciplinary-based lexical repertoire.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherUniversidad de Murcia, Servicio de Publicaciones. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.um.es/ijes/-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of English Studiesen_US
dc.subjectAcademic Word List-
dc.subjectVocabulary-
dc.subjectLexical bundles-
dc.subjectDisciplinary writing-
dc.subjectSpecificity-
dc.titleAcademic lexis and disciplinary practice: corpus evidence for specificityen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1578-7044&volume=9&issue=2&spage=111&epage=129&date=2009&atitle=Academic+lexis+and+disciplinary+practice:+corpus+evidence+for+specificity-
dc.identifier.emailHyland, KL: khyland@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.hkuros177321en_US
dc.identifier.volume9en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.spage111en_US
dc.identifier.epage129en_US

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