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Title: Utilizing lexical data from a Web-derived corpus to expand productive collocation knowledge
Author: Shaoqun Wu
Institution: University of Waikato
Author: Ian H. Witten
Institution: University of Waikato
Author: Margaret Franken
Institution: University of Waikato
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: Collocations are of great importance for second language learners, and a learner’s knowledge of them plays a key role in producing language fluently (Nation, 2001: 323). In this article we describe and evaluate an innovative system that uses a Web-derived corpus and digital library software to produce a vast concordance and present it in a way that helps students use collocations more effectively in their writing. Instead of live search we use an off-line corpus of short sequences of words, along with their frequencies. They are preprocessed, filtered, and organized into a searchable digital library collection containing 380 million five-word sequences drawn from a vocabulary of 145,000 words. Although the phrases are short, learners can browse more extended contexts because the system automatically locates sample sentences that contain them, either on the Web or in the British National Corpus. Two evaluations were conducted: an expert user tested the system to see if it could generate suitable alternatives for given text fragments, and students used it for a particular exercise. Both suggest that, even within the constraints of a limited study, the system could and did help students improve their writing.


This article appears IN ReCALL Vol. 22, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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