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Corpus Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
Perspectives, Issues, and Findings

ISBN 9780367517212
Published October 24, 2022 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

In Corpus Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, Xiaofei Lu comprehensively reviews empirical studies that employ corpus linguistic methods to investigate issues in second language variation, processing, production, and development. These methods enable advanced students and researchers to:

  • Examine learner and task variables that condition variation in second language use
  • Understand the effects of various input factors on second language processing and production
  • Track group longitudinal trajectories of second language development and the input, learner, and task factors that affect such trajectories
  • Profile inter- and intra-learner variability and individual variation in second language longitudinal development

This book will serve as an excellent resource for students and researchers with interests in corpus linguistics and second language acquisition.

Table of Contents


List of Tables

Series Editor’s Preface


1 Introduction

Corpus Linguistics Meets Second Language Acquisition

Overview of the Book


2 Variation in Second Language Use


Measuring Variation in Second Language Use

Learner-Related Variables and Variation in Second Language Use

Task-Related Variables and Variation in Second Language Use



3 Factors Influencing Second Language Processing and Production


Usage-Based Approaches to Second Language Acquisition

Frequency and Contingency

Other Factors



4 Second Language Development Trajectories and Influential Factors


L2 Development of Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency

L2 Development of Lexical Knowledge

L2 Phraseological Development

L2 Development of Grammatical and Morphosyntactic Constructions

L2 Development of Stance



5 Variability and Variation in Second Language Development


A Complex Dynamic Systems Approach to Second Language Acquisition

Inter- and Intra-Learner Variability in Second Language Development

Individual Variation in Second Language Development



6 Conclusion


Summary of the Book

Reflections and Future Research Directions



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Xiaofei Lu is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Asian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. His research specializations include corpus linguistics, second language acquisition, second language writing, English for Academic Purposes, and computer-assisted language learning. He is the author of Computational Methods for Corpus Annotation and Analysis (2014).


“Corpus linguistics is one of the fastest-growing areas of second language acquisition research. In this timely and compelling overview, Xiaofei Lu shows us why. He illustrates the use of native and learner corpora as objective, sharable evidence of patterns of language uniformity, variation, and growth, and he explains the methods, measures, and tools for analyzing corpus data. An excellent source for researchers and students alike.”

Nick Ellis, University of Michigan, USA

“This book is a must-read for both beginning and experienced researchers who are interested in corpus-based explorations of second language acquisition. It offers a comprehensive and accessible review and discussion on a wealth of carefully chosen topics that may help unravel the mysteries of second language acquisition.”  

Lei Lei, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

“This volume is an excellent resource for those who want to apply corpus methods to the study of second language acquisition. Importantly, the text covers both relevant theoretical constructs (from a range of perspectives) and ways in which these theoretical constructs have and can be operationalized when studying learner language. This book is a must read for SLA researchers, and I look forward to using it in both graduate classes devoted to SLA more generally and those that focus on learner corpus research.”

Kristopher Kyle, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Oregon, USA