Exploring word associations in academic engineering texts

Noorli Khamis, and Imran Ho Abdullah, (2015) Exploring word associations in academic engineering texts. 3L; Language,Linguistics and Literature,The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies., 21 (1). pp. 117-131. ISSN 0128-5157


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Given the importance of lexis in language description, this study attempts to integrate the lexical approach to describe a specialised language for teaching and learning. In addition, this paper demonstrates the use of the correspondence analysis (CA), one of the multivariate techniques, as a useful tool to describe a language. As such, this is a corpus-based study of verbs among academic engineering text types. A larger engineering corpus (E2C) was constructed by combining two specialised corpora, consisting of two text types, namely reference books (RBC) and journal articles (EJC). The Wordsmith 6 program was used to extract 30 key-key-verbs from E2C. The British National Corpus (BNC) was used as the reference corpus. The CA was conducted with these key-key-verbs by computing the frequency values of the verbs generated for each corpus: E2C, RBC, EJC and BNC. The findings include the visual display of the complex inter-relationship of the verbs among the corpora, thus, demonstrating the potential use of the CA as a tool for specialised language description. The empirical observations of the verbs may lead to significant findings on the features of the academic engineering texts types; thus, this study promises more well-informed future investigations into other linguistic features, rhetorical functions, and pedagogical implications involving the academic engineering texts.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:correspondence analysis; academic engineering texts; verbs; corpus-based study; specialised corpora
Journal:3L ; Journal of Language, Linguistics and Literature
ID Code:8502
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Deposited On:13 Apr 2015 08:05
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