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Title: Syntactic Complexity of EFL, ESL and ENL: Evidence from the International Corpus Network of Asian Learners of English
Authors: DONG QI
Keywords: syntactic complexity, corpus linguistics, learner corpus, Singapore English
Issue Date: 22-Jan-2014
Source: DONG QI (2014-01-22). Syntactic Complexity of EFL, ESL and ENL: Evidence from the International Corpus Network of Asian Learners of English. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In response to calls for more corpus-based studies at the syntactic level, this study is an attempt to further extend the scope of learner corpus research by investigating the syntactic complexity of EFL, ESL and ENL exemplified by the International Corpus Network of Asian Learners of English (ICNALE). Specifically, based on certain syntactic complexity measures, this study intends to reveal how the language proficiency of the three groups is related to the syntactic complexity measures as shown in their writing, how those measures correlate to each other and how topics influence the syntactic complexity. Three sub-corpora of the ICNALE are employed as the research data, representing the three varietal types respectively. The ICNALE features the strict control over variables such as time, topic and proficiency level, ensuring the maximum reliability of comparison. Data used in this study is both automatically and manually annotated with a detailed multidimensional annotation scheme of syntactic complexity features, aiming to reveal the syntactic information which is unsearchable from raw corpora.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/79491
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