An Investigation of Spoken Lexical Bundles in Interactive Academic Contexts

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Creator: 

Sykes, Daniel L.

Date: 

2017

Abstract: 

This study investigates the presence of spoken four-word lexical bundles in university seminars, study groups and discussion groups in the humanities and social sciences. Transcripts of these speech events were gathered from the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) and analyzed using corpus software. A list of lexical bundles was created, based on frequency and range criteria, and assigned functions according to Biber, Conrad and Cortes’ (2004) taxonomy of lexical bundle functions. The most frequent of these bundles were further analyzed to determine their structural characteristics, with the goal of a creating a list of useful bundles for potential use in English for Academic Purposes teaching.

Subject: 

Linguistics

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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