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Ruth Breeze 

Department
Instituto de Idiomas
Instituto de Idiomas. Universidad de Navarra
Research lines
Discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, educational linguistics

Most recent scientific publications (since 2010)

Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: WORLD ENGLISHES
ISSN 0883-2919  2020  pp. 1 - 19
In public controversy after the Brexit referendum, social media played a prominent role. In particular, veteran populist anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage used Twitter as a powerful weapon to further his cause. This paper compares a corpus of Farage's tweets in 2017-2018 with those by four other prominent British politicians (May, Johnson, Corbyn and Starmer). Quantitative corpus linguistics techniques are combined with qualitative analysis to examine how Farage creates a distinctive discursive style that is both down-to-earth and emotive. Various markers of register and affect are identified, and three core aspects of Farage's populist appeal to 'the people' are outlined, including the projection of negative emotions, especially anger/violence; the use of questions to provoke reactions; and the deployment of colloquial expressions and catchphrases to resonate with popular audiences and claim the status of 'common sense'.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE SEMIOTICS OF LAW
ISSN 0952-8059  2020 
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: LINGUE E LINGUAGGI
ISSN 2239-0359  Vol. 34  2020  pp. 167 - 189
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AGGRESSION AND CONFLICT
ISSN 2213-1272  Vol. 8  Nº 1  2020  pp. 118 - 145
The rise of populism has turned researchers' attention to the importance of affect in politics. This is a corpus-assisted study investigating lexis in the semantic domain of anger and violence in tweets by radical-right campaigner Nigel Farage in comparison with four other prominent British politicians. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses of discourse show that Farage cultivates a particular set of affective-discursive practices, which bring anger into the public sphere and offer a channel to redirect frustrations. Rather than expressing his own emotions, he presents anger as generalised throughout society, and then performs the role of defending 'ordinary people' who are the victims of the elites. This enables him to legitimise violent emotions and actions by appealing to the need for self-assertion and self-defence
Authors: Alfaro Tanco, José Antonio; Roothooft, Hanne; Breeze, Ruth
Journal: JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
ISSN 2013-8423  Vol. 13  Nº 3  2020  pp. 529 - 545
Transitioning to English Medium Instruction in Operations Management Courses Taught on Spanish Business Degrees: Perceptions and Diagnosis Specific factors influencing operations management courses taught in English in Spanish business degrees Purpose: The objective of the present study is to analyze the effects of the transition to English Medium Instruction (EMI) on lecturers in Spanish universities in one specific area, namely Operations Management courses taught in Business degrees. Methodology: After reviewing the bibliography, we designed a questionnaire based on previous research into EMI in non-Anglophone countries. By administering this online, we gathered information from 20 EMI lecturers giving Operations Management courses in thirteen Spanish Universities. The data were analyzed by means of a descriptive analysis of the closed-ended questions and thematic content analysis of the open-ended questions. Findings: Most professors report that they initially reacted negatively to the idea of having to teach in English, but now realize that most of their fears were ungrounded. They emphasize that it is very important to invest time in training seminars and the exchange of experiences. Other relevant findings are the perceived lack of incentives to teach in English, the need to use tools and techniques to improve the interaction with students, and the considerable amount of time needed for class preparation. Our results are discussed in the light of the bibliography on EM
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS
ISSN 1569-2159  Vol. 18  Nº 3  2019  pp. 463 - 466
Authors: Roothooft, Hanne; Breeze, Ruth
Journal: IELTS RESEARCH REPORTS
ISSN 2201-2982  Vol. 2019  Nº 1  2019  pp. 1 - 36
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: DISCOURSE AND SOCIETY
ISSN 0957-9265  Vol. 30  Nº 1  2019  pp. 24 - 43
Recent political trends in many countries have sparked renewed interest in populism. Despite general agreement that the affective/emotive aspects of political communication are particularly important in this, there is little recent analysis of how populists operationalise emotion or how they genuinely differ from mainstream parties in this sense. This article applies mixed methods to explore the 'affective-discursive practices' that characterise the discourses of two opposition parties in the United Kingdom: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and Labour. Comparison of the frequency of semantic subcategories related to emotion in corpora of press releases published by these parties on their websites is complemented by qualitative analysis of how specific emotional areas such as fear, anger and anxiety are invoked by the two parties. Different 'affective-discursive practices' underpin their discourses, since Labour characteristically frames reactions to social phenomena in terms of worry and concern, while UKIP legitimates fear and anger, but also projects more positive emotions.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: JAVNOST
ISSN 1318-3222  Vol. 26  Nº 1  2019  pp. 89 - 104
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS
ISSN 1569-2159  Vol. 18  Nº 1  2019  pp. 1 - 20
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: ESE. ESTUDIOS SOBRE EDUCACION
ISSN 1578-7001  Nº 34  2018  pp. 313 - 315
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: LANGUAGE VALUE
ISSN 1989-7103  Vol. 10  Nº 1  2018  pp. 45 - 66
Fine arts offer opportunities for multimodal approaches in education. Museums and galleries are now aware of their social role, and provide outreach activities designed to bring an understanding of art to a wider public. Their websites offer educational material for school children, showing how artistic knowledge and sensitivity can be cultivated with young age groups. However, little attention has been paid to such didactic material by discourse analysts interested in multimodality. This paper builds on Swales's (2016) article on the genre of the single image account (SIA), which centres on texts about famous paintings written by experts for a general readership. Here, I focus on SIAs for didactic purposes, examining pedagogical resources on the National Gallery's website. Accessible SIAs are combined with suggestions to enhance primary school pupils' learning through creative activities across a variety of modes. Guidelines are provided for writing SIAs for educational purposes in other contexts
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: IBERICA
ISSN 1139-7241  Nº 35  2018  pp. 41 - 65
This article uses the semantic tagging tools provided by Wmatrix3 to investigate the discourse of corporate annual reports to shareholders from leading UK-based 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.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Autor de correspondencia)
Journal: DISCOURSE, CONTEXT & MEDIA
ISSN 2211-6958  Vol. 25  2018  pp. 60 - 67
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: ESP TODAY
ISSN 2334-9050  Vol. 5  Nº 2  2017  pp. 196 - 221
In this paper we propose genre-based strategies for integrating two key lifelong competencies, critical and creative thinking, in Engineering and Journalism. In both disciplines there is a need to apply professional expertise in various contexts and to communicate with different audiences. Drawing on previous studies, we sketch a basic needs analysis in these professional fields, point to major learning obstacles, and provide guidelines for collaboration between language and content teachers in English-medium instruction settings. In such collaboration, genre is simultaneously the hub, the framing structure, and the shared middle ground between content and form and even between disparate disciplines. Our goal is an integrative pedagogy that merges the acquisition of disciplinary content and procedures with the practice of `soft skills¿ and the ability to transform and interrelate knowledge. Our contention for both Engineering and Journalism is that by allowing students to understand genres and explore their potential, we can provide them with learning experiences in which critical thinking and creativity are engaged.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: IBERICA
ISSN 1139-7241  Vol. 34  2017  pp. 67 - 88
Metaphorical language plays an important role in spreading and popularising scientific information. However, little is known about the process through which sober scientific research is transformed into colourful or even sensational news. This paper examines the main metaphor scenarios used to explain nutritional discoveries, generally related to the overarching metaphors of 'combat' and 'maintenance', and explores how they are developed and distributed across institutional press releases, online news reports, and magazines/blogs. Most of the metaphor scenarios seem to arise first in the press release, but these are considerably extended and embellished by the other media. Only occasionally are new metaphor scenarios engaged, which reflect societal discourses concerning science and nutrition.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: LANGUAGE AND LAW
ISSN 2194-7414  Vol. 6  2017  pp. 1 - 17
Corpus use has revolutionised the teaching of languages for specific purposes. In this article, I review some of the ways in which corpus studies can enhance our understanding of the regularities in legal language, looking particularly at formulaic language in four different areas of legal language: academic law articles, case law (judgments and opinions), documents (contracts, merger agreements, etc.) and legislation. After a brief overview of lexical issues in legal language, I look in greater detail at 4- to 8-word bundles in legal texts. After some consideration of legal modality and recurring syntactic structures, I show how these aspects come together with the phenomenon of bundles and formulaicity. I then provide some examples of how the kind of information provided here by specialised corpora can be exploited for teaching purposes
Authors: Breeze, Ruth; Dafouz, Emma
Journal: SYSTEM
ISSN 0346-251X  Vol. 70  2017  pp. 81 - 91
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: CULTURA, LENGUAJE Y REPRESENTACION
ISSN 1697-7750  Vol. 18  2017  pp. 7 - 25
Political discourse is rich in dichotomies, but there is considerable variation in the way this rhetorical strategy is used. This article explores the dichotomies in two of Donald Trump¿s high-profile pre-election speeches, showing how the speaker uses a full range of attitudinal resources to exploit their persuasive effects. To ensure a systematic analysis, Appraisal theory is used, which proves productive to analyse political speeches on the different levels proposed, particularly when the regions of affect and judgement/appreciation are considered holistically. El discurso político se sirve de las dicotomías, pero la aplicación concreta de esta estrategia ofrece una variación considerable. En este artículo se estudian las dicotomías que surgen en dos de los discursos más conocidos de la campaña electoral de Donald Trump, y se investiga cómo el hablante usa una amplia gama de recursos actitudinales para conseguir unos efectos persuasivos potentes. La teoría de la valoración, aplicada aquí para sistematizar el análisis de los textos, se demuestra fructífera para el abordaje de los discursos políticos en los distintos niveles propuestos, especialmente cuando se consideran de forma holística los niveles del afecto y del juicio/apreciación.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: ESE. ESTUDIOS SOBRE EDUCACION
ISSN 1578-7001  Vol. 31  2016  pp. 187 - 190
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: JOURNAL OF IMMERSION AND CONTENT-BASED LANGUAGE EDUCATION
ISSN 2212-8433  Vol. 4  Nº 2  2016  pp. 282 - 284
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: PHILOLOGIA HISPALENSIS
ISSN 1132-0265  Vol. 30  Nº 1/2  2016  pp. 265 - 266
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: ESE. ESTUDIOS SOBRE EDUCACION
ISSN 1578-7001  Vol. 31  2016  pp. 184 - 186
Authors: Breeze, Ruth; García Laborda, Jesús
Journal: ESE. ESTUDIOS SOBRE EDUCACION
ISSN 1578-7001  Vol. 31  2016  pp. 9 - 12
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
ISSN 0889-4906  Vol. 42  2016  pp. 50 - 65
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: TEXT AND TALK
ISSN 1860-7330  Vol. 36  Nº 4  2016  pp. 363 - 389
Although arbitration is increasingly being used to settle important disputes, particularly on an international level, little attention has focused on the language used by arbitrators. This article contains a qualitative analysis of the discursive moves and resources used in separate (dissenting and concurring) opinions published on the website of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes from 1987 to 2013. Arbitrators' discursive practices in this forum are analyzed, with a particular focus on the tensions that arise between the need to sustain the arbitral system and maintain professional relations, on the one hand, and the equally pressing need to display commitment to the losing party's cause, on the other. These tensions have parallels in other areas of legal practice and professional life, and can be understood as part of the way power systems operate and replicate through discourse
Authors: Roothooft, Hanne; Breeze, Ruth
Journal: LANGUAGE AWARENESS
ISSN 0965-8416  Vol. 25  Nº 4  2016  pp. 318 - 335
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: PRAGMATICS
ISSN 1018-2101  Vol. 26  Nº 1  2016  pp. 1 - 19
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: ESP TODAY
ISSN 2334-9050  Vol. 3  Nº 1  2015  pp. 44 - 63
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: DISCOURSE, CONTEXT & MEDIA
ISSN 2211-6958  Vol. 10  2015  pp. 36 - 44
Although second person pronouns are relatively unusual in formal written genres, they are frequent in the editorials of some newspapers. This has been associated with ongoing trends towards a more informal style of public discourse, and with the construction of more equal relationships between writers and readers, which may be either ideologically or economically motivated. This analysis of all the instances of "you" in Guardian editorials for 2011 brings to light several different ways in which the writer employs the second person. Although the primary motivation appears to be epideictic, in that the writer seeks to forge strong bonds with the readership and thereby strengthen the sense of communion and shared values, some other uses are identified, including dramatisation and irony. This leads on to consideration of the type of reader constructed by these uses of "you", and the relationships projected between writer/newspaper, reader, and other entities
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: IBERICA
ISSN 1139-7241  Nº 27  2014  pp. 233 - 235
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: DISCOURSE AND COMMUNICATION
ISSN 1750-4813  Vol. 8  Nº 3  2014  pp. 241 - 259
Authors: Breeze, Ruth; Roothooft, Hanne
Journal: RESEARCH NOTES
ISSN 1756-509X  Vol. 57  2014  pp. 3 - 13
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: LFE. REVISTA DE LENGUAS PARA FINES ESPECIFICOS
ISSN 1133-1127  Vol. 19  2013  pp. 452 - 458
Authors: Sajgalíková, Helena; Breeze, Ruth
Journal: LANGUAGE LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
ISSN 2191-611X  Vol. 2  Nº 2  2013  pp. 339 - 351
This article deals with university language teaching in the perspective of its shift from linguistic competence towards communicative competence, and presents some aspects of the underlying process. It analyses the findings from a survey conducted within the Leonardo project "Transparency in the Acquired Language Competences" (TALC; SK/05/B/F/LA-177427). This survey was organised using a genre-based approach to identify language needs in real professional contexts. Its results point to the need to focus on integrated skills in course design. Ideally, learning should model the processes linked to the genres typically used by in-group members of an academic/professional field, which generally involve coordinated use of two or more skills. This integrated skills model of professional language use provides a sound basis for language programme design. The article presents examples of language programmes of various different lengths
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CORPUS LINGUISTICS
ISSN 1384-6655  Vol. 18  Nº 2  2013  pp. 229 - 253
Legal language is often said to be formulaic, but little research is available on the nature of frequently occurring sequences of words in different legal genres. This article investigates the lexical bundles found in four legal corpora: academic law, case law, legislation, and documents. Major differences are brought to light between the type of bundles that are found, and the roles they have in the text. Academic legal writing uses relatively little formulaic language. Case law uses noun phrase bundles relating to agents, documents and actions, as well as many extended prepositional phrases. Legislation and documents contain many noun phrase bundles, and verb phrase bundles with a deontic or referential function. The function of these different types of bundle as parts of a schematic frame or as slot-fillers is discussed
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: LANGUAGE VALUE
ISSN 1989-7103  Vol. 4  Nº 1  2012  pp. 84 - 96
ICS Aunque las combinaciones verbo-partícula suelen ser relativamente poco comunes en inglés formal, se producen con cierta frecuencia en textos relacionados con la economía, y específicamente en el análisis periodístico y académico centrado en los mercados financieros. La primera parte de este trabajo consiste en un estudio de corpus de las combinaciones verbo-partícula encontradas en dos corpus de 200.000 palabras de inglés para los negocios, uno que contiene informes de mercado del Financial Times, y el otro, trabajos académicos de investigación de economía extraídos de una serie de revistas con sistema de evaluación por pares. Las partículas UP, DOWN, OFF, OUT, BACK y AHEAD resultan ser especialmente frecuentes, en combinación con una amplia gama de verbos, principalmente de movimiento. La última sección del documento ofrece algunos modelos para crear ejercicios con finalidades didácticas, que empiezan a partir de un análisis de las metáforas asociadas con cada partícula y avanzan hacia la comprensión de ejemplos reales de los informes de mercado publicados en el Financial Times
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE SEMIOTICS OF LAW
ISSN 0952-8059  Vol. 25  Nº 3  2012  pp. 393 - 413
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Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: DISCOURSE AND SOCIETY
ISSN 0957-9265  Vol. 23  Nº 1  2012  pp. 3 - 18
ICS
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: IBERICA
ISSN 1139-7241  Vol. 21  2011  pp. 93 - 115
The last 20 years have seen increasing interest in the way in which meaning is made in different professional and academic disciplines. Central to this issue is the notion of disciplinary values, that is, qualities which define what is prized or stigmatised by different professional communities. In the present paper, the notion of disciplinary values is used to examine the way legal writers communicate meaning in different genres. To this end, six adjective/adverb sets which have a prominent place in legal discourse ("clear/ly", "important/ly", "reasonable/ly", "appropriate/ly", "correct/ly" and "proper/ly") are identified. Their collocates and semantic preferences are studied in four 500,000-word corpora consisting of texts from the area of commercial law: academic journal articles, case law, legislation, and legal documents. Although the frequency and use of "clear/ly" and "important/ly" appear not to differ greatly from those found in other corpora of written and academic written texts such as the British National Corpus (BNC) and the British Academic Written English corpus (BAWE), "reasonable/ly", "appropriate/ly", "correct/ly" and "proper/ly" were found to be salient in some or all of the subcorpora. The reasons for this are then analysed within the framework of disciplinary values. These words appear to convey attributes that have particular importance in the legal profession, reflecting disciplinary values that cross the boundaries between various written genres
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: CULTURA, LENGUAJE Y REPRESENTACION
ISSN 1697-7750  Vol. 9  2011  pp. 9 - 30
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Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Journal: PRAGMATICS
ISSN 1018-2101  Vol. 21  Nº 4  2011  pp. 493 - 525
This article briefly reviews the rise of Critical Discourse Analysis and teases out a detailed analysis of the various critiques that have been levelled at CDA and its practitioners over the last twenty years, both by scholars working within the "critical" paradigm and by other critics. A range of criticisms are discussed which target the underlying premises, the analytical methodology and the disputed areas of reader response and the integration of contextual factors. Controversial issues such as the predominantly negative focus of much CDA scholarship, and the status of CDA as an emergent "intellectual orthodoxy", are also reviewed. The conclusions offer a summary of the principal criticisms that emerge from this overview, and suggest some ways in which these problems could be attenuated
Authors: Breeze, Ruth; Šajgalíková, Helena
Journal: PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC ENGLISH
ISSN 1754-6850  Nº 38  2011  pp. 28 - 30
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Authors: Jiménez Yáñez, Ricardo-María; Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Metaphor in political conflict. Populism and discourse
2020  pp. 177 - 208
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Metaphor in political conflict. Populism and discourse
2020  pp. 11 - 25
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and the Underlying Dynamics of Power, Empowerment and Disempowerment
2020  pp. 1 - 16
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Politics and populism across modes and media
2019  pp. 259 - 281
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Populist discourse: critical approaches to contemporary politics
2019  pp. 120 - 135
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Legal Linguistics Beyond Borders: Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Conflicts
Vol. 2  2019  pp. 291 - 313
Authors: Breeze, Ruth; Casado Velarde, Manuel
Book title:  Emotion in Discourse
2019  pp. 113 - 138
Cross-linguistic studies of phraseology enable us to draw increasingly accurate maps of the specific ways different languages express emotions. This chapter focuses on the phraseology used to express emotions in Spanish, taking English as its point of comparison. We situate the topic within the broad perspective of the presence, absence and control of the emotions, centering exclusively on expressions consisting of non-emotional lexis. First, we investigate phrases indicating presence and absence of emotions in Spanish and English. Second, we examine emotional control and lack of control, finding different patterns in the use of the underlying container metaphor. Finally, we explore linguistic affordances for expressing uncomfortable but vague emotions. We conclude with some comparisons between Spanish and English phraseology.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth; Fernández Vallejo, Ana María
Book title:  Politics and populism across modes and media
2019  pp. 7 - 21
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Science Communication on the Internet. Old genres meet new genres
2019  pp. 107 - 129
The move to new open access formats in scientific peer review is thought to have influenced the way referees and authors interact. This chapter considers the genre of author responses to referees in terms of relational work, and compares published responses in an anonymized online open access review system with a similar corpus of confidential responses to referees submitted by traditional means. In general, the online open access responses are longer, more syntactically complex and show more evidence of relational work than the confidential responses. However, when analyzed qualitatively, the proportions of different compliant and non-compliant moves are found to be similar in the two corpora. This chapter thus illustrates continuity and change in one genre¿s transition from traditional to open, online format.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Discourse and Politics
2019  pp. 151 - 172
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Corpus based research on variation in English legal discourse
2019  pp. 79 - 103
Four corpora constructed from different genre families in business law (academic texts, case law, legal documents, and legislation) are analysed in terms of key parts of speech. The differences between them show that legal academic writing and case law tend to follow patterns comparable to argumentative texts elsewhere, while documents and legislation show unusual patterns of cohesion and modality. These phenomena are related to the functional requirements of the genres in question, and to disciplinary conventions.
Authors: Zienkowski, J.; Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Imagining the peoples of Europe: Populist discourses across the political spectrum
2019  pp. 1 - 18
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Engagement in Professional Genres. Deference and disclosure
2019  pp. 197 - 216
The complex culture of the large corporation today is mainly shaped by persuasive rather than coercive means. In its messages, the company moulds its own identity and proposes roles for the different players through discourse, providing the information that is considered appropriate to each addressee, and suggesting what behaviours are desirable or acceptable. This trend is most intense at the beginning of a person¿s life with the firm. How a corporate body engages with would-be and recent recruits is of considerable interest to analysts who focus on the workings of discourse in society. This chapter explores the system of engagement operating multimodally in the recruitment and careers websites of twenty high-profile companies
Authors: Breeze, Ruth; Zienkowski, J.;
Book title:  Imagining the peoples of Europe. Populist discourses across the political spectrum
2019  pp. 363-372
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Engagement in Professional Genres
2019  pp. 197 - 215
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Populist Discourse. International Perspectives.
2019  pp. 27 - 58
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Phraseology in Legal and Institutional Settings: A Corpus-based Interdisciplinary Perspective
2018  pp. 221 - 239
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  ¿Cómo la innovación mejora la calidad de la enseñanza del Derecho? Propuestas en un mundo global.
2017  pp. 23 - 37
Authors: Arrosagaray Auzqui, Marcelino; Breeze, Ruth; Sobrino Morrás, Ángel
Book title:  Teaching English reflectively with technology
2017  pp. 51 - 63
Despite the importance teachers and learners attach to having an acceptable pronunciation for successful communication, its teaching and learning may still present a complex challenge. In practice, this might result in its neglect by the teacher in the classroom. For the student, this means a missed opportunity and, perhaps, a sense of frustration. This article reflects on the possible contributions ICT (information and communication technologies) can make to improve pronunciation when students return to language learning as adults. The results of our research show that students improve their pronunciation and strengthen their own commitment to continue learning
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Essential Competencies for English-medium University Teaching
2017  pp. 37 - 49
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Evidentiality revisited
2016  pp. 295 - 311
Authors: López-Escobar Fernández, Esteban; Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Publizistik und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung: Festschrift für Wolfgang Donsbach
2015  pp. 215 - 226
Sixty years ago, Harwood and Cartier (1953a) suggested that the progress in certain areas of knowledge tended ¿to underscore the need for a general theory of communication¿. In view of the vast range of different proposals from different disciplines, they concluded that whatever else, they had to avoid emulating the character invented by Stephen Leacock, who ¿mounted his horse and rode off furiously in all directions.¿ Communications theorists have charged around enthusiastically ever since then, leading us to the situation described by Donsbach (2006), who emphasizes that, despite the extraordinary way in which communication has flourished in academia, it still lacks an identity of its own as a field of research, or perhaps has even actually lost the one it originally had. Although a considerable volume of empirical evidence exists concerning the communication process, this area of research can increasingly be seen to be suffering from a kind of erosion on the one hand, and a flawed epistemology on the other
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  English as a Scientific and Research Language
2015  pp. 37 - 58
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Insights into Medical Communication
2015  pp. 311 - 330
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Languages for specific purposes in the digital era
2014  pp. 111 - 128
Explores the direct relation of modern CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) to aspects of natural language processing for theoretical and practical applications, and worldwide demand for formal language education and training that focuses on restricted or specialized professional domains. Unique in its broad-based, state-of-the-art, coverage of current knowledge and research in the interrelated fields of computer-based learning and teaching and processing of specialized linguistic domains. The articles in this book offer insights on or analyses of the current state and future directions of many recent key concepts regarding the application of computers to natural languages, such as: authenticity, personalization, normalization, evaluation. Other articles present fundamental research on major techniques, strategies and methodologies that are currently the focus of international language research projects, both of a theoretical and an applied nature
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Interpersonality in Legal Genres
2014  pp. 281 - 302
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Language Use in the Public Sphere: Methodological Perspectives and Empirical Applications
2014  pp. 271 - 307
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Evaluation in context
2014  pp. 303 - 320
In a world dominated by the Internet, it is becoming increasingly important to develop analytical tools that can take in multiple dimensions of media texts. This chapter presents a multimodal analysis of a corpus of online news­paper texts about controversies surrounding the wearing of religious items by Muslims, Sikhs and Christians, which received considerable media coverage in Britain in early 2010. Although the text itself generally provides a balanced account of the issues, a comparison of the results across modes shows that the groups are evaluated differently in visual images, headlines and direct quotations. This study represents a step on the road to devising an integrative model for multimodal analysis
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Language and Law in Professional Discourse: Issues and Perspectives
2014  pp. 93 - 108
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Integration of theory and practice in CLIL
2014  pp. 143 - 159
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Léxico y argumentación en el discurso público actual
2013  pp. 13 - 27
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Narratives in Academic and Professional Genres
2013  pp. 343 - 362
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Verbal and visual rhetoric in a media world
2013  pp. 193 - 207
Authors: López-Escobar Fernández, Esteban; Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Communication and social life: Studies in Honor of Professor Esteban López-Escobar
2012  pp. 29 - 52
Authors: Breeze, Ruth; Miller, Paul William
Book title:  IELTS collected papers 2: research in reading and listening assessment
2012  pp. 487 - 518
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Discourse and Practice in International Commercial Arbitration : Issues, Challenges and Prospects
2012  pp. 113 - 127
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  New Perspectives on (Im)Politeness and Interpersonal Communication
2012  pp. 220 - 237
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Technological Innovation in the Teaching and Processing of LSPs: Proceedings of TISLID'10
2011  pp. 397- 404
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Exploring Corpus-Based Research in English Language Teaching
2010  pp. 77 - 86
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  English for Professional and Academic Purposes
2010  pp. 181 - 196
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
Book title:  Constructing Interpersonality: multiple perspectives and applications to written academic discourse
2010  pp. 163 - 180
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Editor); Llamas Sáiz, Carmen (Editor)
2020 
Metaphors play a central role in political discourse: the images we use to speak about an issue both reveal and configure the way we think about it. In situations of conflict, the metaphors people choose are particularly significant, as they can be used to provoke strong reactions and manipulate public opinion, but also to propose creative approaches to restoring harmony. This collection of studies explores the use of metaphor in contemporary political contexts from the USA to Spain, the Netherlands, Russia and Iran, covering a range of genres from speeches and parliamentary debates to social media.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Editor); Fernández Vallejo, Ana María (Editor)
2019 
Authors: Zienkowski, J., (Editor); Breeze, Ruth (Editor)
2019 
The political landscape in Europe is currently going through a phase of rapid change. New actors and movements that claim to represent 'the will of the people' are attracting considerable public attention, with dramatic consequences for election outcomes. This volume explores the new political order with a particular focus on discursive constructions of 'the people' and the category of populism across the spectrum. It shows how a unitary representation of 'the people' is a central element in a vast range of very diverse political discourses today, acting to anchor identities and project antagonisms in a multitude of settings. The chapters in this book explore commonality and contrast in representations of `the people¿ in both radical and mainstream political movements, looking in depth at recent political discourses in the European sphere. The authors draw on approaches ranging from Essex-style discourse theory over critical discourse studies, corpus analysis and linguistic pragmatics, to investigate how historically situated categories such as the people and populism become fixed through local linguistic, textual and narrative practices as well as through wider ideological and discursive patterns.
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Editor); Gerns Jiménez-Villarejo, Maria del Pilar (Coeditor)
2018 
Authors: Orts Llopis, María de los Ángeles (Editor); Breeze, Ruth (Editor); Gotti, Maurizio (Editor)
2017 
This volume focuses on the study of linguistic manipulation, persuasion and power in the written texts of professional communication, to go further into the understanding of how they are constructed, interpreted, used and exploited in the achievement of specific goals. Such texts are here contemplated from the stance of genre theory, which starts from the premise that specialised communities have a high level of rhetorical sophistication, the keys to which are offered solely to their members. In particular, the book investigates the communicative devices that serve the need of such professions to exert power and manipulation, and to use persuasion. The perspective adopted in this work does not envisage power simply as a distant, alienated and alienating supremacy from above, but as an everyday, socialized and embodied phenomenon. To attain its goal, the volume brings forth studies on the language of several professions belonging to various specialised fields such as law and arbitration, engineering, economics, advertising, business, politics, medicine, social work, education and the media
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Editor); Olza Moreno, Inés (Editor)
2017 
Despite the apparent novelty and fluidity of the media today, there is strong evidence that patterns are emerging which both reflect and extend the evaluative paradigms previously observed in the print and broadcast media. In this complex scenario, discourse analysis offers a rich and varied methodology for understanding the different types of evaluation conveyed through media texts and the way these project, reflect and develop their relationships with their audience. The chapters in this volume draw on a variety of analytical tools, including appraisal analysis, argumentation theory, multimodal approaches and corpus linguistics, to address the issue of evaluation in media discourse. The theoretical underpinning for these chapters ranges from corpus-informed discourse studies, through critical discourse analysis and semio-communicative approaches, to Bakhtinian perspectives. Although the chapters are all in English, the scope of the volume is broadly European, covering aspects of the British, Spanish, Dutch and German media in their traditional and online manifestations, as well as contrastive studies
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Coeditor); Sancho Guinda, C., (Coeditor)
2016 
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Editor); Mercer, Neil (Prologuista)
2016 
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
2015 
Corporate discourse examines business communication practices from a discourse perspective, looking in detail at the ways in which corporations around the world communicate with individuals, with other collective entities and with the world at large. It is concerned with understanding how language works in business contexts and how corporate identity and personal and professional relationships are configured through discourse. Using a range of analytical techniques to examine different forms of textual evidence from companies operating in many sectors, this book maps out current developments in corporate discourse against the complex background of globalization
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Editor); Llamas Sáiz, Carmen (Editor); Martínez Pasamar, Concepción (Editor); et al.
2014 
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) has now become a feature of education in Europe from primary school to university level. CLIL programmes are intended to integrate language and content learning in a process of mutual enrichment. Yet there is little consensus as to how this is to be achieved, or how the outcomes of such programmes should be measured. It is evident that a further type of integration is required: that of bringing the practice of CLIL into closer contact with the theory. In this, it is necessary to establish the role played by other fundamental aspects of the learning process, including learner and teacher perspectives, learning strategies, task design and general pedagogical approaches. The first part of this book provides a variety of theoretical approaches to the question of what integration means in CLIL, addressing key skills and competences that are taught and learned in CLIL classrooms, and exploring the role of content and language teachers in achieving an integrated syllabus. The second part takes specific cases and experimental studies conducted at different educational levels and analyses them in the light of theoretical considerations
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Editor); Gotti, Maurizio (Editor); Sancho Guinda, Carmen (Editor)
2014 
Few concepts in Discourse Studies are so versatile and intricate and have been so frequently contested as interpersonality. This construct offers ample terrain for new research, since it can be viewed using a range of diverse theoretical frameworks, employing a variety of analytical tools and social perspectives. Studies on the relationship between writer/reader and speaker/audience in the legal field are still scarce, dispersed, and limited to a narrow range of genres and a restricted notion of interpersonality, since they are most often confined to modality and the Gricean cooperative principles. This volume is meant to help bridge this gap. Its chapters show the realisation and distribution of interpersonal features in specific legal genres. The aim is to achieve an expansion of the concept of interpersonality, which besides modality, Grice¿s maxims and other traditionally interpersonal features, might comprise or relate to ideational and textual issues like narrative disclosure, typography, rhetorical variation, or Plain English, among others
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
2013 
Corporate discourse examines business communication practices from a discourse perspective, looking in detail at the ways in which corporations around the world communicate with individuals, with other collective entities and with the world at large. It is concerned with understanding how language works in business contexts and how corporate identity and personal and professional relationships are configured through discourse. Using a range of analytical techniques to examine different forms of textual evidence from companies operating in many sectors, this book maps out current developments in corporate discourse against the complex background of globalization
Authors: Breeze, Ruth
2012 
All over Europe, universities are moving over to English as the language of instruction. This development has been accelerated by global forces, and its pedagogical consequences have yet to be fully explored. This book examines this situation from the point of view of students and teachers, focusing particularly on the acquisition of English language writing skills in European university contexts. It takes an academic approach, and is firmly grounded in the bibliography on teaching academic writing to second language users in English-speaking countries, as well as in the bibliography on teaching English in Europe in higher education. In addition to providing sound pedagogical guidelines, it also brings together the most recent critiques of current practice and an overview of the innovative approaches devised in the last ten years. This is a book for all those who are involved in the changing European university scenario: English teachers and writing instructors, lecturers faced with the challenge of teaching their courses in English, university administrators and decision-makers
Authors: Breeze, Ruth (Editor); Jiménez Berrio, Felipe (Editor); Llamas Sáiz, Carmen (Editor); et al.
2012