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Judging a word by the company it keeps: the use of concordancing software to explore aspects of the mathematics register

Monaghan, Frank (1999). Judging a word by the company it keeps: the use of concordancing software to explore aspects of the mathematics register. Language and Education, 13(1) pp. 59–70.

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This paper explores the use of computer software such as databases and concordancing programs in the analysis of mathematical texts in the secondary classroom. It reports on research into aspects of the mathematics register at the individual word level, tracking the development of a single lexical item ‘diagonal’ through the various National Curriculum levels as presented within a particular British mathematics scheme (SMILE, Secondary Maths Individualised Learning Experience). The analysis is used to demonstrate how meanings are constructed at various conceptual levels and how the materials themselves may be responsible for causing confusion in a student’s understanding of the specifically mathematical meaning of terms. It examines the value of such analyses in assisting mathematics and English as an Additional Language teachers to develop their students’ understanding of the mathematical register and
points to the further potential of such analyses at broader levels of discourse.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1999 F.Monaghan
ISSN: 1747-7581
Keywords: mathematics; EAL; corpus; concordance; national curriculum; secondary; polygons; register
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 28833
Depositing User: Frank Monaghan
Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 15:32
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 18:39
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