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Constructing a blog corpus for Japanese learners of English

Abstract

Researchers have directed increased attention to the building and analysing of written learner corpora – databases of written language produced by language learners – to address issues such as the words that non-native learners of English use in their writing, and how their word use differs from that of native speakers. This paper offers an initial look at a new written learner corpus, currently under construction, which is composed of lower/intermediate-level learner blogs. Preliminary data from the corpus regarding high-frequency vocabulary use is compared to frequency lists from the British National Corpus in order to illustrate basic usage differences.

Citation

Foss, P. (2009). Constructing a blog corpus for Japanese learners of English. The JALT CALL Journal, 5(1), 65-76.