Document Type : Original Article


Department of English, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran



The present study aimed to establish a Tourism Academic Word List (TAWL) of the most frequently-used tourism academic vocabulary across different sub-disciplines in tourism by examining a written corpus of academic research articles in this field. This study also sought to determine whether and to what extent the words identified as high frequency in the tourism corpus have also been identified as high frequency in West’s (1953) General Service List (GSL) and Coxhead’s (2000) Academic Word List (AWL). The findings revealed that AWL words account for 12.34% of the Tourism Research Articles Corpus (TRAC). In fact, 1002 high frequent academic word families were listed creating Tourism Academic Word List (TAWL) by analyzing a 3.7 million-word corpus. Of the 570 word families in AWL, 469 high frequent words in RAs were determined. Furthermore, 533 word families found to be used frequently in TRAC had not been listed in AWL or West’s (1953) General Service (GSL). Most of the AWL word forms fit into the word families included in Coxhead’s first and second sub-lists. The high word frequency and the wide text coverage of TAWL throughout Tourism RAs proved that TAWL plays an important role in tourism RAs.