A Comparative Analysis of Lexical Bundles in Journalistic Writing in English and Persian: A Contrastive Linguistic Perspective

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D Student, Department of English, Isfahan University, Isfahan

2 MA Student, Young Researchers and Elite Club, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Isfahan


This paper investigates the use of ‘lexical bundles’ in two broad corpora of journalistic writing. The aim of this study is to compare the use of lexical bundles in the two domains, one consisted of newspaper articles written in English and published in England and the other one comprised of newspaper articles written in Persian from Iranian publications. For this purpose, the frequency of occurrence and distribution of different functional taxonomies of lexical bundles across the subject matter were investigated. More than 2.5 million words of different English and Persian-produced online newspapers were collected and they were identified by the help of two computer programs, then their functionswere analyzed. Consistent with similar research on lexical bundles, the analysis indicates that most bundles perform a referential function in journalistic register. These findings may be particularly useful to translators and also EFL practitioners, as they seem to give new insights into the development of learner language.


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