Researching evaluative discourse in annual Reports using semantic tagging


corporate discourse
annual reports
semantic tagging
corpus linguistics
business communication
discurso corporativo
informes anuales
etiquetado semántico
lingüística de corpus
comunicación empresarial

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Breeze, R. (2018). Researching evaluative discourse in annual Reports using semantic tagging. Ibérica, (35), 41–66. Retrieved from


This article uses the semantic tagging tools provided by Wmatrix3 to investigate the discourse of corporate annual reports to shareholders from leading UKbased companies in four sectors: pharmaceuticals, food, mining and finance. Six potentially interesting areas of commonality are identified (change, inclusion, size: big, important, cause and effect, and time: begin). Concordance lines from these areas in each subcorpus are then analysed qualitatively to identify the presence of shared value-systems in the discourse of the reports. A contrastive analysis is then conducted which reveals differences between the four sectors in the keyness of areas such as safety, strength, newness and focus, as well as colleague and client orientation. These findings are discussed in the light of previous research on business communication. Finally, some advantages of using semantic tagging over standard corpus linguistic tools are discussed

Copyright (c) 2018 Ruth Breeze

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