Corpus evidence for the acquisition of modal verbs of obligation by Macedonian learners of English

Mitkovska, Liljana and Buzarovska, Eleni and Kusevska, Marija (2012) Corpus evidence for the acquisition of modal verbs of obligation by Macedonian learners of English. In: 7th ELTAM-IATEFL-TESOL Conference: Continuing Professional Development - Opportunities and Challenges, 27-28 Oct 2012, Skopje, Macedonia.

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Abstract

This paper examines the acquisition process of the English modal verbs for expressing obligation (must, have to, should and need to) by Macedonian learners across several proficiency levels (A1, A2, B1 and B2) using data from the Macedonian English Learner Corpus. We examine how they are used in the writings of learners at each level from formal, semantic and pragmatic perspective. The frequencies will show the order of occurrence of the uses of these modal verbs and the comparison with data from native speaker corpora will determine how close or different the use of Macedonian learners is. Error types at each level and L1 influence are also identified and explained and suggestions for dealing with them in the classroom are discussed. Key words: learner corpora, interlanguage, modal verbs, epistemic and deontic modality, language acquisition,

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Philology
Depositing User: Marija Kusevska
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 12:24
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 08:31
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/3208

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