Second Language Writers' Text: Linguistic and Rhetorical Features [NOOK Book]

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This comprehensive and detailed analysis of second language writers' text identifies explicitly and quantifiably where their text differs from that of native speakers of English. The book is based on the results of a large-scale study of university-level native-speaker and non-native-speaker essays written in response to six prompts. Specifically, the research investigates the frequencies of uses of 68 linguistic (syntactic and lexical) and rhetorical features in essays written by advanced non-native speakers ...
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Second Language Writers' Text: Linguistic and Rhetorical Features

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Overview

This comprehensive and detailed analysis of second language writers' text identifies explicitly and quantifiably where their text differs from that of native speakers of English. The book is based on the results of a large-scale study of university-level native-speaker and non-native-speaker essays written in response to six prompts. Specifically, the research investigates the frequencies of uses of 68 linguistic (syntactic and lexical) and rhetorical features in essays written by advanced non-native speakers compared with those in the essays of native speakers enrolled in first-year composition courses. The selection of features for inclusion in this analysis is based on their textual functions and meanings, as identified in earlier research on English language grammar and lexis. Such analysis is valuable because it can inform the teaching of grammar and lexis, as well as discourse, and serve as a basis for second language curriculum and course design; and provide valuable insight for second language pedagogical applications of the study's findings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135646530
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 392
  • File size: 11 MB
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
I Background: Research in Text and Written Discourse 1
1 Writing as Text 3
2 Research in Academic and ESL Written Discourse and Text 15
3 Written Discourse and Text in Different Rhetorical Traditions 30
4 The Goals and Politics of Teaching ESL Writing 45
5 The Study of Features of Second Language Text: Essays, the Data, and Methods of Analysis 58
II Common Linguistic and Rhetorical Features of Academic ESL Text 73
6 Nouns, Pronouns, and Nominals and Their Functions and Uses in Text 77
7 The Verb Phrase and Deverbals and Their Functions and Uses in Text 96
8 Adjectives and Adverbs and Their Functions and Uses in Text 118
9 Subordinate Clauses and Their Functions and Uses 128
10 Text-Rhetorical Features and Their Functions and Uses 141
III The Effect of Prompts on ESL Text 161
11 The First Three Prompts 165
12 The Second Three Prompts 191
13 The Differences That the Prompts Make 215
IV Conclusion 243
14 Determining Priorities in Teaching and Curriculum 245
15 Epilogue 257
App. A Rank-Order of Median Frequency Rates of Linguistic Features in NS and NNS Texts 267
App. B Comparisons of Common Linguistic and Rhetorical Features in Academic Essays Across Prompts By L1 groups 269
Glossary 341
References 347
Author Index 359
Subject Index 365
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