Lexical Bundles in Native and Non-native Scientific Writing

Applying a corpus-based study to language teaching

| University of Oxford
ISBN 9789027203731 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027269522 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
This book presents an investigation of lexical bundles in native and non-native scientific writing in English, whose aim is to produce a frequency-derived, statistically- and qualitatively-refined list of the most pedagogically useful lexical bundles in scientific prose: one that can be sorted and filtered by frequency, key word, structure and function, and includes contextual information such as variations, authentic examples and usage notes. The first part of the volumediscusses the creation of this list based on a multimillion-word corpus of biomedical research writing and reveals the structure and functions of lexical bundles and their role in effective scientific communication. A comparative analysis of a non-native corpus highlights non-native scientists’ difficulties in employing lexical bundles. The second part of the volume explores pedagogical applications and provides a series of teaching activities that illustrate how EAP teachers or materials designers can use the list of lexical bundles in their practice.
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 65]  2014.  ix, 212 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction, aims and scope
Lexical bundles in native and non-native scientific writing
Theory and applications of phraseology and lexical bundles
Investigating lexical bundles in biomedical research writing
Target bundles: Frequency, structure and functions
Target bundles in non-native expert scientific writing
Part 2
Pedagogical applications of the study
Pedagogical utility of the list of target bundles
Specific activities for the teaching of lexical bundles in scientific discourse
Conclusions and recommendations
“I would recommend this book to researchers in English for Academic Purposes who would further explore lexical bundles in academic English, as well as instructors of scientific writing and non-native/non-expert authors who would promote the use of lexical bundles in their students’ or their own writing.”
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