Discursive hierarchical patterning in Economics cases

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This paper attempts to apply Lung's (2008) model of the discursive hierarchical patterning of cases to a closer and more specific study of Economics cases and proposes a model of the distinct discursive hierarchical patterning of the same. It examines a corpus of 150 Economics cases with a view to uncovering the patterns of discourse construction. These patterns, to a certain extent, may be attributed to the nature of the discipline. It has been noted that learners need to be given a more informed and realistic framework as seen from the model provided in this paper. By recognising the 'thumb-print' of the discursive patterning of Economics cases, students and novices in a profession will be better equipped to meet the challenge of attaining professionalism in their chosen careers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-149
Number of pages12
JournalEnglish for Specific Purposes
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • Discursive hierarchical patterning
  • Economics
  • English for Specific Purposes
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