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Textual Analysis of International Business Purchase & Sales Contract in English

Author TeGeXi
Tutor ZhuoXinGuang
School Jilin University
Course Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Keywords Genre Analysis Register Analysis Stylistic Analysis Communicative Purpose Register Features Strategies of Language Usage
CLC H315
Type Master's thesis
Year 2004
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This thesis attempts to utilize synthetic methods of genre analysis, register analysis and stylistic analysis to make a thick description as explanation of international business purchase & sales contract as a genre, to demonstrate the social communicative purpose of the contract that is designed to fulfill, the register features and strategies of language usage of it. This thesis is composed of five parts: Chapter One introduces the reason and purpose of the thesis. Chapter Two provides a review of the theories of discourse analysis, genre analysis, register and generic situation, and analysis of cognitive structure and linguistic features of genre. Chapter Three provides the methods of contract analysis. Chapter Four is the body of the thesis, which analyzes the generic features of contract: the definition and nature of contract, the communicative purpose of contract that is designed to fulfill, the register features of contract (field, tenor and mode), the cognitive structure of contract (GSP and CMS), and the linguistic features of contracts (vocabulary, tense and syntactic patterns). Chapter Five is conclusion and implication.Chapter I IntroductionThe importance and significance of the genre-based analysis of international business purchase & sales contract: Since 1980s, when China further opens her door to the outside world and gets into WTO, international economic cooperation is getting increasingly pervasive, it has become definitely necessary to sign every kind of contracts and agreements orientated towards foreigners. And English has become the commonly used language in the international business field. It is a very practical work to study English contracts and agreements, and the requirement for this work is rising constantly with the development of economic globalization and the increasing business activities. Those who can comprehend <WP=88>and draft English contracts efficiently and precisely will gain the initiative in the severe competition of business community. The author has noticed that there are some books about the formation and translation of contracts, but seldom do linguists analyze contracts as a genre, so the author attempts to make the study that is intrinsically very practical and significant.The objective, meaning and organization of the thesis: The author attempts to manifest the generic features of international business purchase & sales contract from the approaches of discourse analysis, genre analysis, register analysis and stylistic analysis in an attempt to identify pedagogical implications to the writing of ESP and EAP, especially to Business English Writing to conduct students to draft correct contracts, by integrating the general theories of linguistics and the pedagogical practice.Chapter II Literature ReviewDiscourse analysis. Discourse analysis is a thicker description as explanation of the quality of coherence in a discourse as a meaningful whole.Genre analysis. The fundamental objective of genre analysis is to demonstrate the social communicative purpose(s), register features and strategies of language usages of genre.Register and generic situation (in terms of field, tenor and mode). Register refers to diatypic variety. We can demonstrate register features of genre through the analysis of the components of generic situation in which it occurs.Cognitive structure of genre: Generic Structure Potential (GSP) and Cognitive Move-Structure (CMS). The structures of discourse are variable, but the cognitive structure is essential and basic, which cannot be derived from. Cognitive structures of genres (GSP and CMS) reveal the regularities of organization of genres through text-patterning and structural models.Analysis of the linguistic features of genre. According to Bhatia (1993:27), the <WP=89>large-scale corpus-based statistical analysis of a representative sample of genre about its linguistic features, tells us very little about what aspects of theses genres are textualized (pace Widdowson, 1979). The perceptive observations about the surface fea

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