Noun-noun collocations in learner writing
journal contributionposted on 25.03.2021, 20:39 by Jean Parkinson
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Studies of collocations to date have emphasised use and learning of noun-verb and adjective-noun collocations. This study uses three sub-corpora of the ICLE corpus to investigate use of noun-noun collocations by learners in their academic writing. The literature to date has focused on contexts where English is being learnt as a foreign language rather than as a second language. The study therefore compares the influence of ESL and EFL learning contexts on learner use of noun-noun collocations. Findings are that accuracy of noun-noun phrases is significantly greater in the writing of ESL learners. A second question considered is what influence the presence or absence of noun-noun phrases in the first language (L1) has on learner use of these phrases in English. For this purpose, production of noun-noun phrases in written English by L1 Mandarin writers (a language that permits noun-noun phrases) is compared to writing by L1 Spanish writers (a language that does not allow noun-noun phrases). Findings are that learners whose L1 permits noun-noun phrases produce significantly more of them in English than learners whose L1 does not. Problems that learners had in forming noun-noun phrases are discussed qualitatively, and implications for EAP teaching are suggested.
Preferred citationParkinson, J. (2015). Noun-noun collocations in learner writing. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 20, 103-113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2015.08.003
Journal titleJournal of English for Academic Purposes
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Corpus analysisCollocationsNoun-noun phrasesInfluence of L1EFL compared to ESLlanguagepsycholinguisticssecond language learningcollocationnounsecond language writingESLMandarin languageSpanish languagespeakersSocial SciencesEducation & Educational ResearchLinguisticsLanguage & LinguisticsFORMULAIC LANGUAGEENGLISHLanguages & LinguisticsSpecialist Studies in Education