Books: Approaching Language Transfer through Text Classification: Jarvis, Crossley (Eds)
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Date: 15-Mar-2012 From: Elinor Robertson <marketingmultilingual-matters.com> Subject: Approaching Language Transfer through Text Classification: Jarvis, Crossley (Eds) E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Approaching Language Transfer through Text Classification
Subtitle: Explorations in the Detection-based Approach
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
Editor: Scott H. Jarvis
Editor: Scott A. Crossley
Hardback: ISBN: 9781847696984 Pages: 200 Price: U.S. $ 159.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781847696984 Pages: 200 Price: U.K. £ 99.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781847696977 Pages: 200 Price: U.K. £ 29.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781847696977 Pages: 200 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Recent work has pointed to the need for a detection-based approach to transfer capable of discovering elusive crosslinguistic effects through the use of human judges and computer classifiers that can learn to predict learners' language backgrounds based on their patterns of language use. This book addresses that need. It details the nature of the detection-based approach, discusses how this approach fits into the overall scope of transfer research, and discusses the few previous studies that have laid the groundwork for this approach. The core of the book consists of five empirical studies that use computer classifiers to detect the native-language affiliations of texts written by foreign language learners of English. The results highlight combinations of language features that are the most reliable predictors of learners' language backgrounds.
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