International Journal of English Studies

Provides articles on developments in the general field of English Studies: English Language and Linguistics, Applied English Linguistics, Literature in English and Culture of the English-speaking countries.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, 2011

A Patient's Tale of Incarceration in a Victorian Lunatic Asylum
ABSTRACTUsing the archival admissions records and the case history of a patient at a British asylum in the 1870s, the author compares two genres. The first of these is two medical certificates written and signed by two physicians attesting that the patient...
Cracking the Code of Press Headlines: From Difficulty to Opportunity for the Foreign Language Learner
ABSTRACTWhile press materials, are widely used both as an ESP materials resource and as a research source by ESP practitioners, press headlines in English confront the Non Native Speaker (NNS) and to some extent the Native Speaker (NS) with a notorious...
Evaluation in English-Medium Medical Book Reviews
ABSTRACTThe aim of this paper is twofold: 1) to identify the evaluative speech acts, either positive or negative, contained in a corpus of 30 English-written medical book reviews published in The British Medical Journal in the period 2000-2009; 2) to...
Genre as Implicit Methodology in a Collaborative Writing Initiative
ABSTRACTIt is often assumed that the academic genres taught by EAP specialists at universities are fixed and stable, provide easily accessible exemplars for student writers and feature in programmes running prior or parallel to the students' courses....
La Traducción Especializada (En Inglés Y Español En Géneros De Economía Y Empresa)
Suau Jiménez, Francisca (2010). La traducción especializada (en inglés y español en géneros de economía y empresa). Madrid: Arco libros. Pages: 150. ISBN: 978-84-7635- 791-0Translation books are a rare bird in the Spanish field of translation studies....
New and Further Approaches to ESP Discourse: Genre Study in Focus
Amongst all the tools offered by current Linguistics, genre analysis has been virtually adopted by the whole of the collectivity of professionals in English for Specific Purposes studies as the methodological framework of their research activity. Hence,...
Register Variation in Electronic Business Correspondence
ABSTRACTElectronic correspondence is a highly dynamic genre within the business world in which Register Variation (RV) is frequently used as a tool to improve communication but it often can lead to misunderstanding. In order to shed some light on this...
Selecting Television Programs for Language Learning: Investigating Television Programs from the Same Genre
ABSTRACTThe scripts of 288 television episodes were analysed to determine the extent to which vocabulary reoccurs in television programs from the same subgenres and unrelated television programs from different genres. Episodes from two programs from...
The Language of Seafaring: Standardized Conventions and Discursive Features in Speech Communications
ABSTRACTThis paper portrays how English language is constructed and displayed by shipboard crews and shore-based personnel when communicating through radiotelephony. Based on internationally-recognized recommendations for implementation when ships communicate...
The Secret to Legal Foretelling: Generic and Inter-Generic Aspects of Vagueness in Contracts, Patents and Regulations
ABSTRACTIn this genre analysis research paper, we compare U.S. patents, contracts, and regulations on technical matters with a focus upon the relation between vagueness and communicative purposes and subpurposes of these three genres. Our main interest...
Words for the Transitional Bubble: A Lexical Analysis of Two Economic Crises
ABSTRACTThis study aims at the analysis of the lexicon in English of the two professional areas, telecommunications and finance, affected by the crises of the recent years: the 90s dot-com bubble and the present-day Credit Crunch. Both crises share a...
Words for Working. Professional and Academic English for International Business and Economics
Giménez Moreno, Rosa (ed.). (2010). Words for Working. Professional and Academic English for International Business and Economics. Valencia. Universitat de València (PUV). Colección: Educació. Laboratori de Materials 28. Pages: 400. ISBN: 978-84-370-...

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