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Concreteness in Business letters: a Corpus-based Analysis of British and Pakistani English
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Linguistic features of business letters have been a research target of both linguists and business writers. In this study, the language of British and Pakistani Business letters was compared and contrasted in terms of concreteness and abstractness. A corpus of 100 business letters from Inner Circle and Outer Circle writers were collected for analysis. The findings of the study revealed that British writers use more specific and concrete nouns, definite determiners, numeral, possessive and demonstrative adjectives, cohesive and rhetorical devices than the Pakistani Writers in order to be become concrete and vivid in their communication. The present findings are rather corpus specific since the data include only two countries; however this study may lead to further cross circle research including Expanding Circle research of business letters in terms of concreteness and abstractness. The issue of concreteness in Cross-circle business English can also be studied from psychological, sociological and anthropological perspectives in future Research.

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Falun, 2010. , 35 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-5507OAI: diva2:519052
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-04-21 Created: 2011-04-21 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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