Corpus Research Group (85)
Speaker: Professor Susan Hunston (University of Birmingham, UK)
Topic: The noun phrase in academic discourse
Venue: Room 501, Science Park Building, Campus West, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Time: 4:00PM-5:30PM, 17 October, 2016
Abstract: Noun phrases are acknowledged to be of particular significance in academic discourse in English, where they arguably play a more important role than verbs do. This paper presents research into noun phrases from three perspectives: Systemic Functional Linguistics, where the concept of nominalisation is important; Corpus Linguistics, which enables the calculation of frequencies; and the study of evaluative language, wherein the concept of Status Nouns is a key component. From these three perspectives, noun phrases are shown to distinguish between disciplines and levels of achievement in academic discourse.