Reference : The important point is: highlighting information in lectures
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Arts & humanities : Languages & linguistics
The important point is: highlighting information in lectures
Deroey, Katrien mailto [University of Luxembourg > Central Administration > >]
23-06-2011 to 25-06-2011
[en] This study investigates what lexicogrammatical devices lecturers employ to signal important lecture discourse and how this varies across disciplines and lecturers. Using the British Academic Spoken English (BASE) lecture corpus, the research aims to inform the design of academic speaking and listening courses for lecturers and students who are non-native speakers of English.
Lexicogrammatical patterns listed as ‘relevance markers’ in Crawford Camiciottoli (2007) (e.g. ‘that is the key question’, ‘the thing is’) were extracted from the corpus of 160 lectures using Sketch Engine. Findings largely confirm those of previous research on highlighting in lectures and the conversational features of this genre (Biber 2006; Crawford Camiciottoli 2004, 2007; Swales 2001). In addition, other relevance markers (e.g. ‘remember’, ‘i want to emphasize this’) were manually extracted from a BASE subcorpus of forty lectures and quantified. Conclusions highlight commonly found patterns as well as idiolectic and disciplinary variation. Methodological issues regarding the automated retrieval and the interpretation of evaluative items in a lecture corpus are also touched upon.

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Crawford Camiciottoli, B. (2007). The language of business studies lectures. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Swales, J. M. (2001) Metatalk in American academic talk: the cases of point and thing. Journal of English Linguistics 29 (1): 34-54.
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