Nominalization in Applied Linguistics and Medicine: The Case of Textbook Introductions and Book Reviews

Research in Language

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Title Nominalization in Applied Linguistics and Medicine: The Case of Textbook Introductions and Book Reviews
Creator Jalilifar, Alireza
Elhambakhsh, Seyedeh Elham
White, Peter R.
Subject book reviews
systemic functional linguistics
Description Drawing on Systemic Functional Linguistics, this study explored variational use of nominalization in 600 textbook introductions and 200 book reviews in applied linguistics and medicine. The nominalized expressions were identified in the texts, the frequencies of the nominalization types were counted, and eventually a chi-square test was administered. Analysis of nominalization patterns across the different informational/promotional moves revealed divergent patterns in the two disciplines but insignificant differences across the genres in focus. The density of nominalizations was acknowledged in the applied linguistics introductions and book reviews. However, functional variations in the use of nominalizations were found only in the introductions. As for the proportion of nominalization to grammatical metaphor, results demonstrated a lower tendency towards nominalizing scientific information in the medicine corpus. Further research is needed to see how nominalization is exploited in other genres and other disciplines.
Publisher Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Date 2018-09-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source Research in Language; Vol. 16 No. 3 (2018); 281-302
Research in Language; Tom 16 Nr 3 (2018); 281-302
Language eng

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