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Combining intuition with corpus linguistic analysis: a study of marked lexical chunks in four Chinese students' undergraduate assignments

Leedham, Maria (2012). Combining intuition with corpus linguistic analysis: a study of marked lexical chunks in four Chinese students' undergraduate assignments. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 11(3) pp. 155–187.

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Abstract

In the literature on lexical chunks, a dichotomy is frequently implied between intuition-based methods of finding language ‘formulaic’ and frequency-based means of extracting ‘n-grams’. In this paper, a case study of four Chinese students’ undergraduate assignments is described in terms of marked or atypical lexical chunks revealed through close reading and those found through keyword analysis, when compared with a reference corpus of similar writing by British undergraduates. The paper discusses the benefits of combining the two approaches, arguing that this gives clearer insights into the personal phraseological profiles of the students’ writing than either can offer alone.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author
ISSN: 1502-7694
Keywords: formulaic language; corpus linguistics; longitudinal study; Chinese students; academic writing
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Item ID: 35815
Depositing User: Maria Leedham
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 13:59
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2013 17:04
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/35815
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