Current Trends in LSP Research

Aims and Methods

by Margrethe Petersen (Volume editor) Jan Engberg (Volume editor)
©2012 Edited Collection 323 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 144


This volume offers an overview of new perspectives and ongoing developments in research on Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) and specialised discourse. Traditionally investigated on the basis of terminology and genre studies, the area now also draws on such diverse fields as sociolinguistics, sociology, psychology and communication studies. This widening range of perspectives increases the need for insights into and knowledge about current developments in research on LSP and specialised discourse.
The chapters included here have been selected to address this need. Based on papers presented at the XVII European LSP Symposium, they reflect its focus: aims and methods in current research on LSP and specialised discourse. Two chapters present the research history of the area, its current status, and emergent issues. Nine chapters exemplify methods currently applied, new aims pursued, or new aims supported by innovative methods. The methods include discourse analysis, use of specialist informants, study of multimedia texts, sociological observation, interviews, etc. The aims vary from unveiling politicians’ linguistic representation of the 2008 financial meltdown over inclusion of visual representations in LSP research to clarifying the limits of lay understanding of specialised knowledge. In sum, the volume offers the reader a holistic, yet multi-faceted overview of state-of-the-art research in this area.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (March)
Applied Linguistics Sociolinguistics Textual Linguistics Discourse Analysis Contemporary English and American Language
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 323 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Margrethe Petersen (Volume editor) Jan Engberg (Volume editor)

Margrethe Petersen is Associate Professor of English for Specific Purposes at Aarhus University. Her current research interests include the sociolinguistic aspects of the ‘internationalised’ university and academic knowledge communication. Jan Engberg is Professor of Knowledge Communication at Aarhus University. His research interests include legal communication, genre analysis, translation and the cognitive basis for the communication of expertise.


Title: Current Trends in LSP Research