Theoretical Background

  • Cecilia Lazzeretti


A Corpus-Assisted Discourse Study Focused on Museum Genres

Keeping a middle ground between the discourse of art and media, the language of museum communication is also characterised by its promotional purposes. The chapter provides an overview of each of these relevant linguistic domains, surveying existing literature in the field of museum press releases and other museum genres. Since the notion of genre itself is central to the study, the frameworks of genre analysis are outlined, drawing on the work of Swales (Genre analysis: English in academic and research settings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990; Research genres: Explorations and applications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004a) and Bhatia (Analysing genre: Language use in professional settings. London/New York: Longman, 1993; Worlds of written discourse: A genre-based view. London: Continuum, 2004). As particularly relevant for the analysis, corpus linguistics methodologies are also introduced, placing special attention on corpus approaches to diachronic change, i.e. on modern diachronic corpus-assisted discourse studies (MD-CADS), as carried out by, among others, Partington (Journal of Language and Politics 11(1): 51–76 (26), 2012) and Baker (Journal of English Linguistics 39(1): 65–88, 2011).


Press Release News Reporting Communicative Purpose Media Discourse Reference Corpus 
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