Lexical bundles across disciplines

Randi Reppen, Shannon B. Olson

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This chapter reports on a study that examined over 700 four-word lexical bundles (Biber et al., 1999) identified from a multi-disciplinary corpus of over 25 million words from introductory courses across nine disciplines. Two types of bundles were identified: Cross-disciplinary (occurring in at least four of the nine disciplines), and discipline-specific (occurring in only one or two disciplines). Results indicate that these bundle types typically serve different functions. The cross-disciplinary bundles function as discourse frames providing sign posts for readers, while discipline-specific bundles are often content-specific. Analyses also identified bundles with variable slots that could be completed with various fillers. The chapter concludes with ideas and examples for teaching lexical bundles that can enhance teaching and promote fluency for learners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Corpus-based Research on Academic Writing Effects of discipline, register, and writer expertise
EditorsUte Romer, Viviana Cortes, Eric Friginal
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789027261458
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Corpus Linguistics
ISSN (Print)1388-0373

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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