Exploring Lexical Bundles in the Algerian Corpus of Engineering

Benet Vincent, Fares Rezoug

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Though lexical bundles have attracted the attention of many applied linguists, their variation by discipline and genre is an under-researched area, particularly with regard to Masters dissertations and in Arabic learner contexts. This paper explores the frequency, structure, and function of four-word lexical bundles used in successful Electrical and Electronics Engineering Masters dissertations written in English by Algerian students. A collection of 70 dissertations from four sub-disciplines – Power Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering and Control Engineering – was converted and compiled into a corpus. Lexical bundles were then extracted from each sub-discipline in turn and subjected to structural and functional analysis. The results of this study indicate commonalities as well as differences across the sub-disciplines. The findings can inform the practice of Engineering ESP teachers and contribute to Masters candidates in their dissertation writing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-77
Number of pages31
JournalArab Journal of Applied Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2018

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  • Engineering Master's dissertations
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • lexical bundles
  • phraseology
  • Corpus linguistics


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