A Corpus-Based Investigation
Edited By Maurizio Gotti
MAURIZIO GOTTI 2. The CADIS Corpus 43
MAURIZIO GOTTI 2. The CADIS Corpus This chapter provides a detailed description of the corpus compiled for the research project presented in the Introduction to this volume, targeting the relationship between sociocultural identity-related factors and textual variation in different areas of written English academic discourse. For this purpose a specialised corpus named CADIS (Corpus of Academic Discourse)1 was designed as a basis for the project’s investigations, so as to enable our research unit to explore a range of identity traits in a corpus of English academic texts from various disciplinary contexts. Our approach is not limited to linguistic evidence, however, but supplemented – wherever possible – with information regarding the communicative events and actors involved, for a reconstruction of the sociolinguistic context of the texts taken into consideration. All of these factors influence the emergence of identity variants whose evaluation and interpretation were carried out in the light of the latest literature. A key factor of verbal behaviour is the affiliation of actors to one or more cultures (whether professional, ideological, or ethnic- geographic) that variously affect not only the language itself but also the community’s thinking and internal relationships. For this reason, our corpus also compares English texts with their Italian equivalents, for a contrastive analysis of interculturality capable of highlighting the ‘positioning’ of different participants. 1 A breakdown of the corpus is available online at . 44 Maurizio Gotti 1. Compilation criteria Corpus linguistics offers powerful tools for the analysis of texts whose impact is today widely felt in many...
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