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I’m having a Spring Clear Out: A Corpus-based Analysis of e-transactional Discourse

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Steve WalshORCiD, Professor Savvas PapagiannidisORCiD


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© Oxford University Press 2015. The focus of this paper is on characterizing patterns of language use in online auction sites (the 'e-marketplace'), with a specific focus on the language used in product descriptions listed on eBay. Through a corpus-based based analysis of a sub-corpus of a 6.3-million-word corpus of eBay data, the authors aim to gain a better understanding of variance in descriptions, depending on two key factors: seller experience and item condition (a high number of 'new' listings for a particular seller is likely to be a sign of a more experienced seller). This paper describes the methods and approaches used to construct the eBay corpus and provides a detailed analysis of a sub-corpus of data as a means of identifying some of the key transactional and interactional features found in this genre of discourse.

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Author(s): Knight D, Walsh S, Papagiannidis S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Linguistics

Year: 2017

Volume: 38

Issue: 2

Pages: 235-257

Online publication date: 29/05/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 0142-6001

ISSN (electronic): 1477-450X

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/applin/amv019


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