The Use of Powerpoint Presentations in Academic English in the Soft Sciences

Francesca Costa


The Power Point programme (PPT) is increasingly used by academics for their presentations. Despite this fact, there have been few linguistic studies that have dealt with PPT, especially as regards the Soft Sciences. The present explorative study seeks to qualitatively investigate the use of PPT by using as terms of comparison universities and conferences, the use of PPT by native speakers as opposed to non-native ones, and the use of PPT in disciplines such as psychology and pedagogy, adopting several parameters present in the literature to see whether there are differences among these elements and, if so, of what kind. The corpus consists of 566 slides, and the results shed light on this type of digital genre, which takes on unique features when used in the Soft Sciences.

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