"We'd be prepared to do something,like if you say..." hypothetical reported speech in business negotiations

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung


This article examines the use of hypothetical reported speech (HRS) in business negotiations from the Cambridge and Nottingham Corpus of Business English (CANBEC). The aim of the article is to investigate the role of this discursive device as part of negotiating and to explore the relevance of the findings for the teaching of Business English. HRS was analysed in negotiating sequences from four external meetings in terms of where it occurred, what functions it performed and how it was used as a strategic negotiating tool. The findings showed that HRS was used at key stages of the negotiation, in particular within bargaining sequences, where it was used primarily as a persuasive device, but also to perform certain bargaining 'moves' more indirectly and to do relational work, such as showing affiliation. Negotiators used HRS strategically in combination with 'formulations' and 'accounts' to move the negotiation forward in pursuit of their goals. The article concludes with a discussion of the teaching implications of the findings and makes some concrete suggestions for teaching negotiating.
concrete suggestions for teaching negotiating.
Seiten (von - bis)35 - 46
FachzeitschriftEnglish for Specific Purposes
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Mai 2014