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Title: Signalling intertextuality in business emails
Authors: Warren, M 
Keywords: Discourse flows
Key words and phrases
Professional communication
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: English for specific purposes, 2016, v. 42, p. 26-37 How to cite?
Journal: English for specific purposes 
Abstract: This study looks at the contribution of intertextuality to a text's coherence by examining the ways in which writers make use of recurrent words and phrases to signal instances of intertextuality in business emails. The data are a corpus of discourse flows comprised of two sets of interconnected emails read or written by two Hong Kong-based professionals. Key words and phrases in the corpus are identified using corpus linguistics software and then studied in context to determine whether they signal instances of intertextuality and, if so, whether they are predominantly used to signal prior or predicted texts. It is found that key words and phrases are associated with intertextuality and its directionality. The findings are also discussed in terms of how the power relations pertaining between the writer and reader influence the choice of language used and their wider implications for learning and teaching ESP.
ISSN: 0889-4906
EISSN: 1873-1937
DOI: 10.1016/j.esp.2015.11.001
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