" Just spoke to ...": The types and directionality of intertextuality in professional discourse

Martin John Warren

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Abstract

E-mail communication in business and professional contexts has been analysed with a focus on textual and communicative complexity, stylistic conventions, and the relation between e-mails and professional culture. The purpose of the present study is to compare the professional literacy in two professions by studying the use of intertextuality in the e-mail messages two professionals read or wrote in a number of discourse flows. Intertextuality is examined in terms of types and directionality of use. The findings show that while the use of intertextuality is prevalent across all of the e-mails, the types of intertextuality, and their relative frequencies of use, and the directionality of intertextuality are influenced by profession-specific communicative contexts and goals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalEnglish for Specific Purposes
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Discourse flow
  • E-mail communication
  • Intertextuality
  • Professional literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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