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The first book of its kind, Learner English on Computer is intended to provide linguists, students of linguistics and modern languages, and ELT professionals with a highly accessible and comprehensive introduction to the new and rapidly-expanding field of corpus-based research into learner language. Edited by the founder and co-ordinator of the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE), the book contains articles on all aspects of corpus ...
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Overview

The first book of its kind, Learner English on Computer is intended to provide linguists, students of linguistics and modern languages, and ELT professionals with a highly accessible and comprehensive introduction to the new and rapidly-expanding field of corpus-based research into learner language. Edited by the founder and co-ordinator of the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE), the book contains articles on all aspects of corpus compilation, design and analysis.

The book is divided into three main sections; in Part I, the first chapter provides the reader with an overview of the field, explaining links with corpus and applied linguistics, second language acquisition and ELT. The second chapter reviews the software tools which are currently available for analysing learner language and contains useful examples of how they can be used. Part 2 contains eight case studies in which computer learner corpora are analysed for various lexical, discourse and grammatical features. The articles contain a wide range of methodologies with broad general application. The chapters in Part 3 look at how Computer Learner Corpus (CLC) based studies can help improve pedagogical tools: EFL grammars, dictionaries, writing textbooks and electronic tools. Implications for classroom methodology are also discussed.

The comprehensive scope of this volume should be invaluable to applied linguists and corpus linguists as well as to would-be learner corpus builders and analysts who wish to discover more about a new, exciting and fast-growing field of research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317885580
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Studies in Language and Linguistics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Editor's acknowledgements
Publisher's acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
Pt. I Learner Corpus Design and Analysis 1
1 The computer learner corpus: a versatile new source of data for SLA research 3
2 Computer tools for the analysis of learner corpora 19
Pt. II Studies of Learner Grammar, Lexis and Discourse 39
3 Vocabulary frequencies in advanced learner English: a cross-linguistic approach 41
4 Overstatement in advanced learners' writing: stylistic aspects of adjective intensification 53
5 An automated approach to the phrasicon of EFL learners 67
6 The use of adverbial connectors in advanced Swedish learners' written English 80
7 Direct questions in argumentative student writing 94
8 Writer/reader visibility in EFL written discourse 107
9 Automatic profiling of learner texts 119
10 Tag sequences in learner corpora: a key to interlanguage grammar and discourse 132
Pt. III Pedagogical Applications of Learner Corpora 143
11 Comparing native and learner perspectives on English grammar: a study of complement clauses 145
12 Using a learners' corpus in compiling ELT dictionaries 159
13 Enhancing a writing textbook: a national perspective 172
14 Exploiting L1 and interlanguage corpora in the design of an electronic language learning and production environment 186
15 Learner corpus data in the foreign language classroom: form-focused instruction and data-driven learning 199
List of linguistic software mentioned in the book 210
Bibliography 212
Index 225
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