Strategic implementation of verbs of communication in English business discourse
The study explores verbs of communication in terms of their functional and practical implementation in business negotiations, interviews and political debates. The study relies on corpus data and appeals to componential, comparative, contextual, semantic, pragmatic and functional methods of analysis to consider verbs of communication as a developing functional system. The author suggests that verbs of communication act as strategic drivers of English business discourse and are involved in not only nominating speech acts, but also in generating contextually relevant interaction whereby a statement is placed in a wider context of external communicative settings. The study concludes that verbs of communication present an integral part of the business discourse system and function as integrating components of a set of communicative tactics foregrounding diverse communicative strategies.
KEYWORDS: business discourse, communicative strategy, communicative tactics, verbs of communication, functional analysis, pragmatics