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SOURCE:   Philological Sciences. Issues of Theory and Practice. Tambov: Gramota, 2019. № 3. P. 63-67. ISSN 1997-2911.
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https://doi.org/10.30853/filnauki.2019.3.13

LEXICAL HEDGES IN THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN VARIETIES OF ACADEMIC DISCOURSE IN ECONOMICS: A CORPUS-BASED STUDY

Mikolaichik Margarita Vladimirovna
V. I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University


Submitted: 18.01.2019.
Abstract. In the article, the results of a corpus-based study of lexical hedging devices in 100 British and 100 American research article abstracts published in recent years in five leading scholarly journals in economics are presented. The study shows no statistically significant differences in the frequency of lexical hedges used by the British and American authors, suggesting that the Anglo-American academic discourse in economics is quite homogeneous as far as the abstract genre is concerned. A frequency list of lexical hedges presented in the paper can be used in EAP and ESP courses as well as in further research.
Key words and phrases: академический дискурс, американский английский, аннотация, британский английский, вариативность, корпус, лексические загородки, хеджи, хеджинг, хеджирование, частотность, academic discourse, American English, abstract, British English, variation, corpus, lexical hedges, hedges, hedging, frequency.
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