The Vocabulary of Medical English: A Corpus-based Study now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Vocabulary of Medical English: A Corpus-based Study by Renáta Panocová.
The question of characterizing academic vocabulary has often been framed in a context that is purely determined by questions of language teaching. The aim in such approaches is to come up with a list of words for learners of English for Special Purposes. This book approaches this question from a more general, empirical perspective, focusing on medical vocabulary.
Its main contention is that the characterization of medical vocabulary is much more complex than is suggested by a simple list. In a list, a threshold determines the borderline on a one-dimensional scale between what counts as medical vocabulary and what fails to qualify as such. In analysing how such lists have been produced and how the cut-off point has been determined, the book shows a number of factors that have to be taken into account. It uses a comparison of two corpora to demonstrate the extent to which text type determines the outcome of frequency calculations. On the basis of such observations, it argues for a new methodology for the calculation of the degree of “medicalness” of lexemes.
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About the Author
Renáta Panocová is an Associate Professor at the Department of British and American Studies of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, Slovakia. Her research interests include morphology, word formation, and terminology. She is the author of Categories of Word Formation and Borrowing: An Onomasiological Account of Neoclassical Formations (2015) and the co-editor of Word Formation and Transparency in Medical English (2015). Several of her research articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings.