Native & learner language in interviews

This talk discusses some of our findings in

Pérez-Paredes, P., & Sánchez Tornel, M. (2015). A multidimensional analysis of learner language during story reconstruction in interviews. In M. Callies & S. Götz (Eds.), Learner Corpora in Language Testing and Assessment. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

 

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Adverb use and language proficiency in young learners’ writing

Adverb use and language proficiency in young learners’ writing

Pascual Pérez-Paredes and María Sánchez-Tornel

International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 19:2. 2014. iii, 137 pp. (pp. 178–200)

Our research examines the use of general adverbs by learners across grades 5, 6, 9 and 10 in the International Corpus of Crosslinguistic Interlanguage (ICCI) by looking at whether this use increases with age. For our research we use data from the Polish, Spanish and Chinese components in the ICCI, in particular, those from the “food” and “money” topics. Our results show that general adverbs are more widely used as age increases. Statistically significant differences were found between grade 6 and 10 learners across all three L1 groups in terms of the frequency of use of general adverbs, which suggests that 10-graders integrate adverbs in their discourse in ways that differ from those in previous years. This study, together with Pérez-Paredes & Díez-Bedmar’s (2012), suggests that learners below grade 9 are more unlikely to use adverbs.

Keywords: International Corpus of Crosslinguistic Interlanguage, interlanguage development, age, learner writing, general adverbs

The Learner Corpus Association (LCA)

The Learner Corpus Association (LCA) aims to provide a forum for exchanging ideas on learner corpus research from an interdisciplinary perspective:

– Second language acquisition
– Foreign language teaching (including CALL)
– Language testing
– NLP applications (automated scoring, L1 identification, error detection and correction, etc.)
– other language-related fields

 The association was officially launched at the second Learner Corpus Research conference which took place in Bergen (Norway) on 27-29 September, 2013.

The LCA maintains a dedicated website http://www.learnercorpusassociation.org/ and initiates a bi-yearly conference.

Registered members will have access to the members-only sections of the website which will contain a range of resources, including shared corpora, publications and corpus tools and a regularly updated searchable learner corpus bibliography. They will also be able to take part in forums focused on a range of topics (learner corpus design, annotation, methodology, applications, etc.) and benefit from discounts, notably from publishers, negotiated by the LCA.

The Learner Corpus Association (LCA)

The Learner Corpus Association (LCA) aims to provide a forum for exchanging ideas on learner corpus research from an interdisciplinary perspective:

– Second language acquisition
– Foreign language teaching (including CALL)
– Language testing
– NLP applications (automated scoring, L1 identification, error detection and correction, etc.)
– other language-related fields

 The association was officially launched at the second Learner Corpus Research conference which took place in Bergen (Norway) on 27-29 September, 2013.

The LCA maintains a dedicated website http://www.learnercorpusassociation.org/ and initiates a bi-yearly conference.

Registered members will have access to the members-only sections of the website which will contain a range of resources, including shared corpora, publications and corpus tools and a regularly updated searchable learner corpus bibliography. They will also be able to take part in forums focused on a range of topics (learner corpus design, annotation, methodology, applications, etc.) and benefit from discounts, notably from publishers, negotiated by the LCA.