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I’m having a spring clear out: a corpus-based analysis of e-transactional discourse

Knight, Dawn ORCID:, Walsh, Steve and Papagiannidis, Savvas 2017. I’m having a spring clear out: a corpus-based analysis of e-transactional discourse. Applied Linguistics 38 (2) , pp. 234-257. 10.1093/applin/amv019

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The focus of this paper is on characterizing patterns of language use in online auction sites (the ‘e-marketplace’), with a specific focus on the language used in product descriptions listed on eBay. Through a corpus-based based analysis of a sub-corpus of a 6.3-million-word corpus of eBay data, the authors aim to gain a better understanding of variance in descriptions, depending on two key factors: seller experience and item condition (a high number of ‘new’ listings for a particular seller is likely to be a sign of a more experienced seller). This paper describes the methods and approaches used to construct the eBay corpus and provides a detailed analysis of a sub-corpus of data as a means of identifying some of the key transactional and interactional features found in this genre of discourse.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN: 0142-6001
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 17:53

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