TITLE

Suggestions and recommendations in academic speech

AUTHOR(S)
Diniz, Luciana
PUB. DATE
June 2010
SOURCE
Language & Computers;2010, Vol. 71 Issue 1, p169
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This chapter investigates the communicative functions of modals (e.g., should, could), as well as lexical verbs, such as recommend and suggest, as they are used by faculty in academic spoken discourse. Results show that these expressions are frequently used by professors to communicate indirect orders (as opposed to directives) in a number of situations. Several speech events from the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) were selected to constitute the corpus, including academic lectures, office hours, dissertation defenses, and seminars. Wordsmith Tools 5.0 (Scott, 1999) and the search tools from the MICASE web site were used to identify phrases and semifixed phrases containing the target modals and lexical verbs. The results have immediate pedagogical applications to both English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and International Teaching Assistant (ITA) education.
ACCESSION #
51613241

 

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