It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
Computer Learner Corpora, Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching
This book takes stock of current research into computer learner corpora conducted both by ELT and SLA specialists. It should be of particular interest to researchers looking to assess its relevance to SLA theory and ELT practice. Throughout the volume, emphasis is also placed on practical, methodological aspects of computer learner corpus research, in particular the contribution of technology to the research process. The advantages and disadvantages of automated and semi-automated approaches are analyzed, the capabilities of linguistic software tools investigated, the corpora (and compilation processes) described in detail. In this way, an important function of the volume is to give practical insight to researchers who may be considering compiling a corpus of learner data or embarking on learner corpus research.
The volume is divided into three main sections:
Section 1 gives a general overview of learner corpus research; Section 2 illustrates a range of corpus-based approaches to interlanguage analysis; Section 3 demonstrates the direct pedagogical relevance of learner corpus work.
Table of Contents
Preface vii List of contributors ix I. The role of computer learner corpora in SLA research and FLT A Bird’s-eye view of learner corpus research Sylviane Granger 3 II. Corpus-based approaches to interlanguage Using bilingual corpus evidence in learner corpus research Bengt Altenberg 37 Modality in advanced Swedish learners’ written interlanguage Karin Aijmer 55 A corpus-based study of the L2-acquisition of the English verb system Alex Housen 77 III. Corpus-based approaches to foreign language pedagogy The pedagogical value of native and learner corpora in EFL grammar teaching Fanny Meunier 119 Learner corpora and language testing: smallwords as markers of learner fluency Angela Hasselgren 143 Business English: Learner data from Belgium, Finland and the U. S. Ulla Connor, Kristen Precht and Thomas A. Upton 175 The TELEC secondary learner corpus: a resource for teacher development uentin Grant Allan 195 Pedagogy and local learner corpora: working with learning-driven data Barbara Seidlhofer 213 Index 235