"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
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