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Tagging the interlanguage of Chinese learners of English

Authors Milton, John C.P.
Chowdhury, Nandini
Issue Date 1994
Source Proceedings joint seminar on corpus linguistics and lexicology, Guangzhou and Hong Kong (Language Centre, HKUST, Hong Kong, 1994) , 19-22 June 1993, p. 127-143
Summary This study reports on a newly emerging application of the techniques of corpus linguistics: the analysis of corpora of interlanguage. Here, we describe the initial stages of the collection and tagging of a corpus of the written interlanguage of Chinese learners of English. While there are differences between this and other studies of interlanguage corpora (e.g. Granger et al., this volume) in collection techniques, size of corpora, learner varieties, proficiency levels and approaches to tagging, together they provide a novel approach to the analysis of learners' writing. More importantly, they furnish data about student performance that are crucial for the development of new pedagogical instruments. This study has as its ultimate goal the creation of automatic grammar and writing tutorials that will address some of the most persistent difficulties non-native writers have in dealing with English syntax, lexis and semantics.
Language English
Format Conference paper
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