By Ulla Connor, Thomas A. Upton

This publication can be of specific curiosity to somebody drawn to the appliance of corpus linguistic recommendations to language examine and guide. This quantity contains chosen papers from the Fourth North American Symposium, held in Indianapolis and hosted through the Indiana heart for Intercultural verbal exchange at Indiana collage Purdue collage in Indianapolis (IUPUI) in November, 2002. those papers – from authors representing 8 nations together with the united states, Belgium, China, France, Germany, eire, the Netherlands, and Spain – supply a variety of perspectives of and techniques to corpus linguistic. issues diversity from concept and research to lecture room program, and contain the learn of oral discourse in addition to the research of written discourse, together with internet-based discourse. for that reason, this quantity is split into sections. the 1st part specializes in using corpus linguistics within the research of spoken and written discourse; the second one part makes a speciality of the direct pedagogical software of corpus linguistics, reflecting the utilized beginning of this department of linguistics.

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As has been pointed out, these choices are also open to exploitation by speakers so that a politician might assert common ground when none exists or that information falls within the hearer’s Winnie Cheng 48 expectations when in fact it does not, and so on. These forms of exploitation are all part and parcel of an expert discourser’s repertoire, especially one might argue in political discourse. What remains to be investigated is the weighting to be attached to each of these systems within discourse intonation itself and, then, the weighting of discourse intonation as a whole in conveying the total meanings contained in a spoken discourse.

E. 100:0). business meetings service encounters conversations -----------------------------------------------------------------------50:50 67:33 75:25 100:0 Figure 2: Speaker distribution of rise tone Based on the findings in this study using data drawn from the HKCSE, each of the discourse types is plotted on the continuum in Figure 2. Conversations are at one extreme end where the use of the rise tone is chosen equally by participants enjoying equal staus. As we move towards the other end of the continuum we find that the degree to which designated dominant speakers use the rise tone more frequently than the other discourse participants steadlily increases.

2 Overview of Analytical Steps To achieve the major goals listed above, five analytical steps are required: (1) Identify all Vocabulary-based Discourse Units (VBDUs) in a large, multi-register corpus, using TextTiling (2) Analyze the linguistic characteristics of each VBDU, using MultiDimensional Analysis (3) Identify and interpret the basic VBDU Types, using Cluster Analysis (4) Analyze the preferred VBDU types in each register (5) Analyze the structure of particular texts as sequences of VBDU Types The study reported here is based on analysis of texts from two major corpora: the T2K-SWAL Corpus (TOEFL 2000 Spoken and Written Academic Language Corpus; see Biber et al.

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