The Multidimensional Analysis Tagger is a program for Windows that replicates Biber’s (1988) Variation across Speech and Writing tagger for the multidimensional functional analysis of English texts, generally applied for studies on text type or genre variation. The program can generate a grammatically annotated version of the corpus selected as well as the necessary statistics to perform a text-type or genre analysis. The program plots the input text or corpus on Biber’s (1988) Dimensions and determines its closest text type, as proposed by Biber (1989) A Typology of English Texts. Finally, the program offers a tool for visualising the Dimensions features of an input text.
Shelley Staples; Jesse Egbert; Geoff LaFlair
A multi-dimensional comparison of oral proficiency interviews to conversation, academic and professional spoken registers
MELAB : Michigan Engish Language Battery 989 OPIs in 2013
OPI used for academic and profesional purposes
Only transcribed the first 5 minutes
55 linguistic features
6 factor solution
Dimensions interpreted functionally
Differences across registers (ANOVAs and post hocs)
1. Explicit stance: private verbs, that deletion, lower rates of implicit stance that the Longman corpus
3. Speaker-centered informational vs listener centered involvement: pro1, subject-conj.causative, nn, amplifiers,
4. Extended informational discourse: word length, prep, jj atr, that rel, negative features: all pronouns
6. Implicit stance: higher rates of implicit stance that the Longman corpus
Corpus Linguistics 2015, University of Lancaster, 21-24 July
“Exploring the variation in world Learner Englishes: A multidimensional analysis of L2 written corpora”
109 features included in the analysis
Can Biber’s model be extended?
How do features co-occur in learner English?
ICLE 1.0 (Granger, 2002)
SWEECL 2.0 (Wen & Wang, 2008)
MA tagger Nini (2014) Manual here. Software (Windows) here.
Kaisser’s criteria + Scree test for Factor Analysis
10 dimensions stand out
Dimensions are largely epistemological, rhetorical and syntactical.