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ID : 481
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Title : Small word, big lessons: Insights from a longitudinal learner corpus study of ‘of’
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

With the advent of technology, computer analysis of large data has become possible. One of the applications in this area has been in the study of language acquisition/development through large collections of data now widely known as learner corpora (Barlow, 2005; Chau, 2012; Granger, 1998; Granger et al., 2015). This paper reports on a longitudinal corpus study of 496 essays written by 124 secondary school students at four different points in time over a 24-month period. The paper is divided into two parts. The first part reviews research relevant to the present study on the use of the small word ‘of’ in the longitudinal corpus, and presents an analysis based on a total of 1,034 concordance lines containing all the instances of use of the word in the entire corpus. Here, three major categories of patterns of use of this word in the longitudinal data are discussed. The second part of the paper considers what the findings reveal about the process of language development. Four key developmental patterns are identified and the nature of language development examined. The paper closes with implications for the language classroom.    

Keywords : longitudinal learner corpus research; small word 'of'; computer analysis; language development; classroom implications
Conference theme : Application of technology to the language classroom
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Main presenter : Dr. Meng Huat Chau
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Affiliation : University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
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Biography :

Dr CHAU Meng Huat is Senior Lecturer at the University of Malaya and Visiting Professor at De La Salle University–Dasmarinas. His research and teaching interests focus on the study of language learning from a multilingual perspective and applications of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis to issues in language education and language acquisition research. His publications include Corpus Applications in Applied Linguistics (co-edited with Ken Hyland and Michael Handford, 2012).

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Date added : Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 12:49 AM [JST]
Date modified : Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 1:35 AM [JST]
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Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 211-P
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 10: 20 - 10: 45
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : B102
Schedule room seats : 40 seats
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