New PDF release: Learner English on Computer

By Sylviane Granger, Geoffrey Leech

ISBN-10: 0582298830

ISBN-13: 9780582298835

The 1st publication of its sort, Learner English on desktop is meant to supply linguists, scholars of linguistics and glossy languages, and ELT pros with a hugely obtainable and complete advent to the recent and rapidly-expanding box of corpus-based examine into learner language. Edited by way of the founder and co-ordinator of the overseas Corpus of Learner English (ICLE), the booklet comprises articles on all features of corpus compilation, layout and research. The ebook is split into 3 major sections; partially I, the 1st bankruptcy offers the reader with an summary of the sphere, explaining hyperlinks with corpus and utilized linguistics, moment language acquisition and ELT. the second one bankruptcy studies the software program instruments that are at present on hand for analysing learner language and includes precious examples of the way they are often used. half 2 comprises 8 case experiences within which desktop learner corpora are analysed for varied lexical, discourse and grammatical gains. The articles comprise a variety of methodologies with vast common program. The chapters partly three examine how computing device Learner Corpus (CLC) established reviews can assist enhance pedagogical instruments: EFL grammars, dictionaries, writing textbooks and digital instruments. Implications for school room method also are mentioned. the excellent scope of this quantity will be worthwhile to utilized linguists and corpus linguists in addition to to would-be learner corpus developers and analysts who desire to notice extra a couple of new, interesting and fast-growing box of analysis.

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This results in part from an inabilify to use appropriate vague expressions’ (my italics). Unfortunately Channel1 does not say what particular expressions she is refer&0 to. The impression of bookishness and pedantry may result from rnanv other stylistic features, often from the use of an inappropriate stylistic register. It seems, however, reasonable to suggest that advanced learner language is in some respects more, in others less, vague than NS language The ICLE frequency lists given here provide some examples of overuse of vague words.

The informal interviews, which were not recorded surreptitiously, follow the same set pattern and are of similar length. For detailed information on the informants and the interview format, see De Cock (1996). 2 Description of the softzunre Due to the lack of availability of suitable corpus analysis tools, software for the extraction of word combinations for this study was specially developed at Lancaster. The WordSmith program, which became available during development, is able to do some word combination extraction.

There are four main uses of the verb get: with a direct object, with a past participle or adjective, with an adverb forming a phrasal verb, and with an infinitive. Nordic (and Spanish) learners overuse get especially when it takes a direct object (get an education), not to the same extent when it is followed by a participle, and not at all when it is followed by an adverb. 5. 6 contains a list of the most frequent words in the different subcorpora. 4: I think: frequencies per 10,000 words FRE 3 2 2 0 -1 Top word forms The most conspicuous overuse by learners occurs with the verb think, and the reason is not hard to find.

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