1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Corpora

Edited By Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Magali Paquot Copyright 2021
    452 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    452 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Corpora is a state-of-the-art collection of cutting-edge scholarship at the intersection of second language acquisition and learner corpus research. It draws on data-driven, statistical analysis to outline the background, methods, and outcomes of language learning, with a range of global experts providing detailed guidelines and findings.

    The volume is organized into five sections:

    • Methodological and theoretical contributions to the study of learner language using corpora – setting the scene
    • Key aspects in corpus design, annotation, and analysis for SLA
    • Corpora in SLA theory and practice
    • SLA constructs and corpora
    • Future directions

    This is a ground-breaking collection of essays offering incisive and essential reading for anyone with an interest in second language acquisition, learner corpus research, and applied linguistics.

    1. Second Language Acquisition and Corpora: An overview, Nicole Tracy-Ventura & Magali Paquot

    PART I: Setting the Scene

    2. Introduction to Corpus Linguistics, Vaclav Brezina & Tony McEnery

    3. Introduction to Learner Corpus Research, Fanny Meunier

    4. Introduction to SLA, Jennifer Behney & Emma Marsden

    PART II: Key Aspects in Corpus Design and Corpuse Use for SLA

    5. Designing Learner Corpora: Collection, Transcription, and Annotation, Philippa Bell & Caroline Payant

    6. Analyzing A Learner Corpus with a Concordancer, Sandra Götz

    7. Error Analysis, María Belén Díez-Bedmar

    8. Comparing Learner Corpora, Sandra C. Deshors & Stefan Th. Gries

    9. Statistical Analyses of Learner Corpus Data, Stefan Th. Gries & Sandra C. Deshors

    10. Combining Learner Corpora and Experimental Methodss, Gaetanelle Gilquin

    11. Overview of Available Learner Corpora, Julieta Fernandez & Tracy S. Davis

    12. TalkBank for SLA, Brian MacWhinney

    PART III: The Role of Corpora in SLA Theory and Practice

    13. Usage-based Approaches, Stefanie Wulff

    14. Complex Dynamic Systems Theory (CDST), Marjolijn Verspoor & Wander Lowie

    15. Processability Theory and Corpora, Carrie Bonilla

    16. Generative Approaches, Cristóbal Lozano

    17. Variationist Approaches, Aarnes Gudmestad

    18. Pragmatic Approaches, Julieta Fernandez & Shelley Staples

    19. Corpora and Instruced Second Language Acquisition, Rosamond Mitchell

    PART IV: SLA Constructs and Corpora

    20. Input, Anita Thomas & Annelie Ädel

    21. Interaction, Nicole Ziegler & Alison Mackey

    22. Fluency, Amanda Huensch

    23. Accuracy, Jennifer Thewissen

    24. Complexity, Nina Vyatkina & Alex Housen

    25. Lexis, Kristopher Kyle

    26. Crosslinguistic influence, Ann-Kristin Helland Gujord

    27. Variability, Dana Gablasova

    28. Formulaicity, Fanny Forsberg Lundell

    29. Context, Joseph Collentine

    30. Individual Differences, Elma Kerz & Daniel Wiechmann

    PART V: Future Directions

    31. The Future of Corpora in SLA, Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Magali Paquot, & Florence Myles


    Nicole Tracy-Ventura is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on second language acquisition, study abroad, task-based language teaching, longitudinal research methods, and corpus linguistics. She is a founding member of the Languages and Social Networks Abroad Project (LANGSNAP).

    Magali Paquot is FNRS Research Associate at the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics, UCLouvain. She specializes in the use of learner corpora to study key topics in SLA and is particularly interested in methodological issues. She is co-editor in chief of the International Journal of Learner Corpus Research and one of the founding members of the Learner Corpus Research Association.