For a study on Business writing, try:
Hyland K (1998) Exploring corporate rhetoric: metadiscourse in the
CEO's letter. (1998) Journal of Business Communication. 35 (2):
On Sun, 17 Nov 2002 00:54:53 +0000 Isa Abdul kaader
> Hi Geoffrey,
> Many thanks for your suggestions, Geoffrey and to all the others who gave
> such wonderful advise with books etc for me to get an understanding of Corpus
> Having understood the essentials, have decided to focus on attention on
> academic writing especially
> 1. Business Writing ( letters of compliant and adjustment) and /or
> 2. Technical Report writing ( could be hardware/software developemnt in higher
> technical institutions).
> Apart from the critical study in langauge teaching materials by Kennedy (
> 1987a) Holmes ( 1988), Mindt ( 1992) and especially Conrad ( 1996b)who dealt
> with academic text and corpus based techniques, ARE there any other study that
> looks at specialized registers like business writing and technical reports.
> Have yet to get full access to BNC but would like to know if such corpora
> ( registers) could be obtained from the "Official document and Academic Prose"
> listing in the BNC index to compare the linguistic characteristics of the
> corpus that I wish to compile.
> I want to compile a small corpus (20,000 to 30,000) with regard to the
> register listed. I do NOT KNOW how to get started with this. Need all help
> with this.
> In short, I am interested in compiling a corpus to study its
> characteristics and applications to exploit it to design best possible
> materials and activities to help my students understand and produce the
> registers listed above appropriately (helping students with language that is
> actually used in these settings).
> Keen to know research that states appropriateness and potential of
> corpus ( including collacations) in Computer Assisted Langauge Learning at
> higher insitutions especially to teach technical writing.
> Very many thanks in advance for your all your help.
> Temsek Polytechnic
Dept of Language Studies
Canterbury Christ Church University College
North Holmes Road
Canterbury CT1 1QU
Tel +44 078 117 117 74
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