How Researchers in Specialised Varieties of English Can Benefit from Focusing on Terms
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1. Introduction This book is aimed at researchers in and teachers of English as a for- eign language (EFL) in the field of specialised domains. Though the focus is on the field of economics in its broad sense, encompassing finance and management, the approach offered here can be adapted to many other areas of specialised knowledge. It can therefore be regard- ed as a case study and guide for the researchers and foreign language lecturers and professors who wish to acquire further knowledge in a specific domain and to understand the historical context beyond terms and expressions that are used in a given field. Underpinning this ap- proach is, of course, my training as a linguist and my experience of teaching English for economics in a French university for well over two decades now. The point is that, since any specialised discipline or professional field is based on theory or practice that are expressed through language, language can serve as a starting point for further investigation into specific domains and specialised communities, and into their culture and discourse. Having the privilege to teach and do my research in the same field, i.e. English for economics, management and finance, I1 have studied the domain systematically, from terminol- ogy and neology through phraseology to corpus-based genre and dis- course analyses, always approaching language as a living, evolution- ary process. All the paths I gradually explored were suggested by the terms I came across over the years for, as will be illustrated here,...
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