Quotation Sing, Christine Simone. 2016. Writing for specific purposes: Developing business students’ ability to ‘technicalize’. In: Developing and Assessing Academic and Professional Writing Skills, Hrsg. Göpferich, Susanne; Neumann, Imke, S. 15-45. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften.




This article examines business students ability to technicalize in their L2 English writing task. Building up technicality in discourse is a key component of writing competence. Despite the importance of technicality for discipline-specific writing, so far little attention has been paid to identifying the usage patterns characteristic of specialist writing. The aim of this study is to investigate how undergraduate writers technicalize in elaborating on technical terms by means of defining, exemplifying and explaining. Drawing on a self-compiled specialized corpus, the study adopts a mixed-methods approach of computation and interpretation. It was found that technicalizing is a two-stage process, which consists of naming a term and subsequently embedding it in taxonomic relationships. These chains of reference are taken to be indicative of field-specific uses in writing. The findings have important implications for developing business students writing skills in view of the conceptual challenges they meet in contemporary specific-purpose instruction.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Writing for specific purposes: Developing business students¿ ability to `technicalize¿
Title of whole publication Developing and Assessing Academic and Professional Writing Skills
Editor Göpferich, Susanne; Neumann, Imke
Page from 15
Page to 45
Location Frankfurt/Main
Publisher Peter Lang Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften
Year 2016
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=91236&concordeid=267362
ISBN 978-3-631-67362-1


Sing, Christine Simone (Former researcher)
Institute for English Business Communication (Mautner) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6602 General language studies (Details)
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6605 English language and literature (Details)
6611 Linguistics (Details)
6622 Psycholinguistics (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
6624 Language instruction research (Details)
6625 Technical language studies (Details)
6634 Cognitive linguistics (Details)
6636 Semiotics (Details)
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