1st Edition

Multifunctionality in English Corpora, Language and Academic Literacy Pedagogy

Edited By Zihan Yin, Elaine Vine Copyright 2022
    282 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume provides detailed analyses of multifunctional forms in English and offers hands-on approaches exemplifying relevant implications and useful applications to language and literacy educators in TESOL, ESL/EFL/EAL and research students in applied linguistics and education.

    The chapters cover: The multifunctionality of utterances in spoken and multimodal corpora, the multifunctionality of linguistic creativity in different genres, multifunctional pronouns in hard and soft sciences, and professional discourse in the university and secondary school contexts. The volume also offers a comparison of the multifunctionality of verbs between ESL textbooks, native written and spoken English corpora, and between ESL and L1 university students in writing a particular genre; comparisons of the multifunctionality of discourse markers between different registers and between L1 and L2 English speakers, as well as multifunctional metadiscourse markers in different disciplines and paradigms.

    With detailed analysis of authentic corpus data representing different varieties of English, specialized use in different contexts and disciplines, and practical teaching and learning applications, the volume bridges theory and practice, providing a creatively designed resource for students, educators and researchers looking to understand multifunctional forms in English.

    1. Multifunctionality, language and literacy Zihan Yin and Elaine Vine Part 1 Multifunctionality - Utterances and language play 2. The multifunctionality of utterances in interactive discourse Harry Bunt 3. The functions of linguistic creativity in two written academic genres in language studies Elena Afros Part 2 Multifunctionality - Metadiscourse in disciplines and professional discourse 4. Mutifunctionality of stance markers in soft sciences: A cross-disciplinary and cross-paradigmatic study Feng Cao and Guangwei Hu 5. We in hard science articles: Co-selection patterns, semantic references and discourse functions Jingjie Li, Wenjie Hu and Huili Hou 6. Student engagement through personal pronouns in secondary school and university Su-Hie Ting, Jiin-Yih Yeo, Collin Jerome, Shanthi Nadarajan, Meng Yew Tee and Moses Samuel Part 3 Multifunctionality - Verbs in disciplines and textbooks 7. A comparison of use of modal auxiliaries of obligation and necessity in science writing by ESL and L1 students Jean Parkinson 8. A corpus and coursebook analysis of the English quasi-modal be able to: What can instructors do? Lauren Whitty 9. Making tea and mistakes: The functions of make in conversational English and textbook dialogues Elen Le Foll Part 4 Multifunctionality - Discourse markers in registers 10. Multifunctional well: Findings and implications for EFL Christoph Rühlemann and Elaine Vaughan 11. A comparative corpus analysis of the frequencies and functions of so between native and non-native speakers of English in Hong Kong Phoenix Wai Ying Lam 12. "When I come here, I kinda blend in the language, so that's why I use like": Multifunctional word like as a challenge for English learners Irina Zaykovskaya 13. And? A linking adverbial or a coordinator: Frequency, functions and sound patterns across registers Zihan Yin 14. Multifunctionality and pedagogy Zihan Yin and Elaine Vine


    Zihan Yin has lectured in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Linguistics, Education, ESL/EAP and academic literacies at universities in Australia, New Zealand and China. Her publications appeared in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Discourse Studies and RELC Journal.

    Elaine Vine lectured in Applied Linguistics, TESOL and Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, until her retirement in 2013. She is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow in that School.

    "With this volume, Yin and Vine have produced an exciting collection of original corpus-based studies focusing on high-frequency language items (including verbs, personal pronouns, adverbs, conjunctions) that can serve multiple semantic and pragmatic functions depending on the context they are used in, which makes them notoriously difficult for language learners to fully master. The insights that these studies provide have direct pedagogical implications and practical applications in teaching contexts. I highly recommend the volume to applied linguistics and language educators who would like to better understand the complex nature of multifunctional forms or wish to help their students improve their communication and (academic) literacy skills. "---Dr. Ute Römer, Georgia State University