Departmental Bulletin Paper A study of the language of advising : The verb suggest

モロウ, P. R.

  This study investigates the use of the lexical item, suggest, in the speech act of advising. Data from two large corpora, SOAP Corpus and COCA, are examined to check the frequency of suggest as a performative verb. It was found that the frequency depends not so much on whether it is from the spoken or written mode, but rather on the topic, speaker and context. Suggest was frequently used in introducing proposals, and this raises a question of whether proposals should be considered one type of advice-giving.

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