Epistemic modality in MA dissertations

Costas Gabrielatos, Tony McEnery

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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
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)84-8448-342-8
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameLinguistica y Filologia no. 61


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


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