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1st Edition

A Corpus Study of Collocation in Chinese Learner English

ISBN 9780367516758
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
308 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Collocation is an important tool in describing lexical behaviour in language and has received increasing attention in recent years.

Based on two corpora: LOCNESS (the Louvain Corpus of Native English Essays) and MLC (the Non-English major Mainland Chinese Learner Corpus), this book explores the features of Chinese learner English with analysis of grammatical and lexical collocations. The findings show that Chinese university students use collocations with considerably less variety and Chinese language and culture exert a substantial influence on their English writing. It also discusses ways to tackle the problems Chinese English learners face and the pedagogical implications for teaching English and learning English collocations.

As one of the first systematic studies to investigate collocations in Chinese learner English based on learner corpora, this book not only analyzes how Chinese learners use collocations in their English writing, but also provides significant implications for foreign language teaching and learning.

Table of Contents

List of Tables.  Acknowledgements.  List of Abbreviations.  Chapter 1 Introduction  Chapter 2 Review of Related Literature  Chapter 3 Research Methodology  Chapter 4 Quantitative Analysis  Chapter 5 Qualitative Analysis  Chapter 6 Discussion  Chapter 7 Conclusions and Recommendations  Appendices Bibliography  Index

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Yuanwen Lu is an associate professor at the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, second language acquisition and English for specific purposes.