Patterns of word frequency used by Albanian and Turkish learners of English

Daskalovska, Nina (2016) Patterns of word frequency used by Albanian and Turkish learners of English. Hikmet, Journal of Scientific Reasearch, 27 (1). pp. 90-103. ISSN 1857-5935


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Corpus linguistics, which appeared as a new discipline in the 1980s, has provided sources and tools for a better description and analysis of languages than before. The development of corpus linguistics has led to the creation of non-native English corpora which contain texts produced by English learners with the aim of describing learner language and identifying the differences between different groups of English learners as well as between learners and native speakers. Learner corpora have enabled researchers in the fields of second/foreign language acquisition and second/foreign language teaching to gain new insights into the processes involved in language learning and to improve language learning and teaching. This paper presents a corpus-based study on the use of the most frequent words in the English language by Albanian and Turkish learners of English. The results demonstrate that Albanian and Turkish learners tend to underuse the first 10 most frequent words, but overuse many of the words from the 30 to the 100 band. Another insight from the study is that learners use more general content words and avoid using more nuanced vocabulary in their writing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Philology
Depositing User: Nina Daskalovska
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 09:47
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 09:47

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