Exploiting a corpus of business letters from a phraseological, functional perspective

  title={Exploiting a corpus of business letters from a phraseological, functional perspective},
  author={Lynne Flowerdew},
This paper illustrates how a freely available online corpus has been exploited in a module on teaching business letters covering the following four speech acts (functions) commonly found in business letters: invitations, requests, complaints and refusals. It is proposed that different strategies are required for teaching potentially non-face-threatening (invitations, requests) and face-threatening (complaints, refusals) speech acts. The hands-on pedagogic activities follow the ‘guided inductive… CONTINUE READING

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