Exploring Lexical Bundles in the Algerian Corpus of Engineering

Abstract

Though lexical bundles have attracted the attention of many applied linguists, their variation by discipline and genre is an under-researched area, particularly with regard to Masters dissertations and in Arabic learner contexts. This paper explores the frequency, structure, and function of four-word lexical bundles used in successful Electrical and Electronics Engineering Masters dissertations written in English by Algerian students. A collection of 70 dissertations from four sub-disciplines – Power Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering and Control Engineering – was converted and compiled into a corpus. Lexical bundles were then extracted from each sub-discipline in turn and subjected to structural and functional analysis. The results of this study indicate commonalities as well as differences across the sub-disciplines. The findings can inform the practice of Engineering ESP teachers and contribute to Masters candidates in their dissertation writing.
Published
Mar 20, 2018
How to Cite
REZOUG, Fares; VINCENT, Benet. Exploring Lexical Bundles in the Algerian Corpus of Engineering. Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 47-77, mar. 2018. ISSN 2490-4198. Available at: <http://arjals.com/index.php/Arab_Journal_Applied_Linguistics/article/view/77>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2021.

Keywords

Education, Masters dissertations, corpus linguistics, lexical bundles,