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‘Well it’s not for me to advise you, of course…’: Advice and advise in the British National Corpus of English

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Author Diederich Catherine, Höhn Nicole,
Project Typisierte Sprache - in Geschichte, Dikurs und Ontogenese
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Advice in Discourse
Editor , Limberg Holger
Publisher John Benjamins, Amsterdam
Page(s) 333 - 358
ISBN 9789027256263
Title of proceedings Advice in Discourse


In this paper we take a closer look at the English lexemes of advice and advise. In previous work on the discourse of advice-giving, researchers have focused on the var-ious linguistic realizations of giving and receiving advice. Here the focus is on the usage of these two lexemes in order to find out more about their semantics and prag-matics. We take a look at the etymology of advice and advise in order to gain possible insights into its development in language use. The main part of this paper consists of quantitative and qualitative analyses based on the British National Corpus (BNC). We highlight frequently occurring collocations of advice and analyze the distribution of various meanings of advise represented in the corpus.