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Query Details


Query Subject:   Use of Corpora in Language Testing and Assessment
Author:   Fiona Barker
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Applied Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Query:   Fellow list members,

I am preparing an introductory-level book chapter on the uses of corpora in
language testing and assessment. I am therefore interested in any current
(or recent) uses of corpora in language testing and assessment in any
contexts (from individual institutions to international exam boards). I
asked the same question 3 years ago and those responses are summarised in

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0512D&L=linguist&P=R382

Please contact me off-list if you know of any relevant information,
projects or references. I would appreciate any suggestions by the end of
November and will post a summary of responses to the list.

Thanks in advance.

Fiona Barker
Cambridge, UK
LL Issue: 19.3603
Date posted: 24-Nov-2008



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