Epistemic modality in MA dissertations

Costas Gabrielatos, Tony McEnery

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on the compilation, and ongoing mark up and annotation, of a corpus of MA dissertations written by students at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University. The main focus of the paper is a preliminary investigation comparing the use of epistemic modality by native and advanced non-native speakers of English (henceforth NS and NNS respectively) in the corpus. The paper also outlines other possible uses of the corpus for research on academic English, made possible by the information encoded in the annotation and mark up.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLengua y Sociedad
    EditorsPedro A. Fuertes Olivera
    Place of PublicationSpain
    PublisherUniversidad de Valladolid
    Pages311-331
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Print)84-8448-342-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Publication series

    NameLinguistica y Filologia no. 61

    Keywords

    • corpus linguistics
    • corpora
    • annotation
    • semantic annotation
    • mark-up
    • epistemic modality
    • modals
    • modal expressions
    • academic writing
    • native speakers
    • non-nantive speakers

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