The pragmatic annotation of a corpus of academic lectures
Siân Alsop, Coventry University
Thursday 27 March, 2.15pm, PAM 489
This paper uses data from the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC) to discuss similarities and differences in the structure and functions of English-medium engineering lectures delivered in different parts of the world. Transcripts of 76 lectures from the UK, Malaysia and New Zealand have been annotated to show the occurrence of five linguistic features ('explaining', 'housekeeping', 'humour', 'storytelling' and 'summarising'). I will look at patterns in the distribution of these features across the lectures, and discuss possible reasons why differences occur.