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Lexicogrammar in the international construction industry: a corpus-based case study of Japanese-Hong-Kongese on-site interactions in English

Handford, Michael and Matous, Petr 2011. Lexicogrammar in the international construction industry: a corpus-based case study of Japanese-Hong-Kongese on-site interactions in English. English for Specific Purposes 30 (2) , pp. 87-100. 10.1016/j.esp.2010.12.002

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to identify and interpret statistically significant lexicogrammatical items that are used in on-site spoken communication in the international construction industry, initially through comparisons with reference corpora of everyday spoken and business language. Several data sources, including audio and video recordings, interviews, expert informant insights and observation notes are operationalised to understand the context that the lexicogrammatical items reflexively constitute, for instance the discursive practices the engineers invoke in their working day. As in other workplaces, several types of interpersonal items are statistically significant when compared to everyday talk, such as deontic modality, hedges and fillers, certain back channels and the pronoun we. Also, place deixis is statistically significant in this specific context, and is often accompanied by non-verbal communication and visual images. These findings shed light on the way power and solidarity are negotiated in this context, and on the importance of face. In conclusion, the authors recommend training for inexperienced engineers and engineering students that develops their problem-solving, relationship-building and communication skills.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction industry; Corpus; Professional discourse; Lexis; Discursive practices; International English
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0889-4906
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:56
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87994

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