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Title: Vocabulary of Written Business Communication: Matching the Situational Factors with the Linguistic Features
Authors: Ghadessy, M. 
Issue Date: 1992
Source: Ghadessy, M. (1992). Vocabulary of Written Business Communication: Matching the Situational Factors with the Linguistic Features. Journal of English and Foreign Languages 9 (June) : 25-50. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Business language is examined to determine how situational factors are expressed by linguistic features, with focus on vocabulary items for application to English as a foreign language classrooms. Written communications were collected from businesses in Singapore & analyzed for field, tenor, mode of discourse, word frequencies, & collocations. It is found that function words occur most frequently, content words least. Heavily used content words are considered a subtechnical group found in the majority of letters; their major uses are listed. References to time occur often as do references to "just rewards," for which relevant words are given. The determination of material & mental processes & circumstances is described. The importance of the relationship between events is reflected in the structure of communications. Lists of most frequent prepositions & adverbials, personal pronouns, markers for politeness, & modal auxiliaries are given. It is concluded that vocabulary with high frequencies in actual use should have high priority in the classroom; collocational patterns can inform the choice of nominal & verbal groups & establish grammatical patterns to be taught; & discourse structure should be considered. C. Stomberg.
Source Title: Journal of English and Foreign Languages
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52421
ISSN: 09708332
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