EFL/ESL writers and the use of shell nouns

Hilary Nesi, Emma Moreton

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    Many inanimate abstract nouns can perform a cohesive function, facilitating the creation of succinct, coherent texts. Such nouns only have a vague general meaning when taken out of context, but acquire a more specific and often attitudinally marked meaning with reference to other words in the text, whether they be in the same clause or in a previous or subsequent clause.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademic Writing in a Second or Foreign Language
    EditorsR. Tang
    Place of PublicationLondon
    ISBN (Print)9781441112163
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    • shell nouns
    • signalling nouns
    • inanimate abstract nouns
    • academic writing
    • english as a second language
    • english as a foreign language


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