What is Business Discourse?

  • Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini
  • Catherine Nickerson
  • Brigitte Planken
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)


This chapter will:
  • Define business discourse as it will be referred to in the rest of this book;

  • Provide a brief overview of the historical development of business discourse with a number of landmark studies;

  • Discuss the hallmarks of business discourse research including the types of data investigated;

  • Provide details of the most important approaches that have been taken in business discourse research;

  • Give a geographical and disciplinary overview of how business discourse has evolved around the world together with profiles of a number of prominent researchers.


Business People Business Context Authentic Data Intercultural Communication Business Meeting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini
    • 1
  • Catherine Nickerson
    • 2
  • Brigitte Planken
    • 3
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK
  2. 2.Zayed UniversityUAE
  3. 3.Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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