Interdisciplinary Research Discourse: Corpus Investigations into Environment Journals provides cutting-edge insights into the nature of communication in interdisciplinary research domains. Using a corpus of nearly 12,000 articles taken from 11 journals, this book addresses the key questions that surround writing for an interdisciplinary audience. This books also explores:

  • the ways in which writers write if they are writing for an interdisciplinary audience as well as for a specialist disciplinary audience;
  • the different natures and instances of the term 'interdisciplinarity'; and 
  • whether an analysis of the rhetorical contexts in which research is relayed to interdisciplinary audiences is critical to understanding interdisciplinary research activities and communications.

Written by two leading figures in the field of Corpus Linguistics, this is an essential text for researchers and upper-level undergraduates working in the areas of Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis and Linguistics in areas of interdisciplinary communication.

chapter 1|13 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

Disciplines and interdisciplinarity

chapter 3|16 pages

The BEE4 corpus

chapter 4|13 pages

Headings in the four journals

chapter 6|38 pages

Words in context

Environment, science, important

chapter 7|40 pages

Status and disciplinarity

chapter 8|15 pages

An explanatory code gloss

In other words

chapter 9|29 pages

Multidimensional Analysis

Variation between and within journals

chapter 10|26 pages

Topic Modelling

What a journal is about

chapter 11|9 pages