PHILIP RICCOBONO -

TOWARDS ENGLISH FOR TOKYO 2020: CORPUS-BASED INVESTIGATION OF SUMMER OLYMPICS VOCABULARY : OTHERS

In 2020 Japan will host the Summer Olympic Games, creating a need and desire for learning English vocabulary related to the events, sports and news about the games. This need arrives as English serves as a lingua franca for the games. Therefore, much of the communication amongst the international community participating, following and covering the events will take place in English. Thus far, no study has examined statistically significant corpus-based vocabulary of keyness essential for navigating through written Summer Olympics discourse. Employing mixed methodology consisting of rigorous testing for identifying technical Summer Olympics vocabulary, findings indicate loan words together with English lexicon as unique terms part of the Summer Olympic discourse community. This study offers lexical insight for learners and practitioners of Summer Olympics English.

Philip holds a Ph.D. in TESOL, lives in Kobe, Japan having taught English for 16 years in the U.S. and Asia. Research interests include corpus-based vocabulary, vocabulary acquisition and MALL. Aside from teaching university English, researching and publishing, you might find him evaluating talent at a baseball game.