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Languages for Special Purposes

An International Handbook

Ed. by Humbley, John / Budin, Gerhard / Laurén, Christer

Series:De Gruyter Reference

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7.Economic Language

Simonnæs, Ingrid / Kristiansen, Marita


This chapter deals with communication which belongs to what can be labelled economic language, including the language of business, finance and economics. Initially, economic language as such is delineated, its interdisciplinary nature is discussed, and it is contrasted with e.g. that of legal language with which it is closely related. A set of case studies are presented in order to illustrate the scope of research in LSP on economic language and to highlight some of central aspects which characterise economic language with particular emphasis on terminology research, including that of interdisciplinarity, dichotomisation, the use of metaphors and evocative language. Next, the challenge of specialised collocations and phraseology is addressed, in particular in relation to non-native speakers. The dynamic nature of economic language is also addressed including that of term formation, anglification as well as domain loss. In relation to this, the translation of economic texts is also discussed before we conclude by presenting studies which look at economic discourse as evident in LSP texts.

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Ingrid Simonnæs, Marita Kristiansen (2018). 7.Economic Language. In John Humbley, Gerhard Budin, Christer Laurén (Eds.), Languages for Special Purposes: An International Handbook (pp. 151–208). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110228014-007

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110228014

Online ISBN: 9783110228014

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