Lexical Processes in Scientific Discourse Popularisation

A corpus-linguistic study of the SARS coverage

by Christiane Brand (Author)
©2008 Thesis IX, 214 Pages
Series: English Corpus Linguistics, Volume 5


In today’s informed society, the news media have taken it upon themselves to provide the general public with information that is technical in nature and was previously restricted to the scientific discourse community. This popular presentation of scientific or technical facts is of particular interest to the corpus-based study of Language for Specific Purposes (LSP). The characteristics of the specific domain texts, e.g. medical journal articles, are perceived as a potential barrier to communication by the layman and this linguistic barrier must be lowered by awareness of and adaptation to the communicative competence of the general audience. Using corpus-linguistic methodology, the present study focuses on processes on the word level, placing special emphasis on collocations and semantic prosodies. On the basis of the findings of the corpus analysis, a comprehensive model of lexical popularisation is sketched out.


IX, 214
ISBN (Softcover)
Englisch Medizinische Zeitschrift Terminologie Popularisierung Korpus (Linguistik) Korpuslinguistik Wissenstransfer Fachsprachenforschung SARS Lexikologie
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. IX, 214 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Christiane Brand (Author)

The Author: Christiane Brand is Lecturer in English Linguistics in the Department of English at Justus Liebig University Gießen (Germany), where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2006. Her research and teaching interests include Corpus Linguistics, Language for Specific Purposes, Intercultural Communication and Second Language Acquisition.


Title: Lexical Processes in Scientific Discourse Popularisation