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Title: Approaching Language Transfer through Text Classification
Subtitle: Explorations in the Detection-based Approach
Edited By: Scott H. Jarvis
Scott A. Crossley
URL: http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781847696977
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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ISBN-13: 9781847696984
Pages: 200
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ISBN-13: 9781847696977
Pages: 200
Prices: U.K. £ 29.95
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