Proceedings of the 2018 3rd International Conference on Education, Sports, Arts and Management Engineering (ICESAME 2018)

Computer-aided contrast in Chinese L1 learners of English existential structures using Wordsmith Tools

Authors
Wenxiao Zhao, Mingmei Du
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Wenxiao Zhao
Available Online July 2018.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icesame-18.2018.42How to use a DOI?
Keywords
WordSmith Tools, English Learner Corpus, Chinese learners of English, existential structures, verbal tenses
Abstract
The present study has employed WordSmith Tools v3.9 as the retrieval program for the analysis and comparison of the complexity in English existential structures. CLEC and Brown are the corpus involved in the study with more than million words respectively, representing Chinese and native speakers' use of existential structures. WordList function has been served to generate keyword lists and the frequency of 11 types of existential structures while Concordance function, to capture contexts for the distribution of each type. Findings indicate that (1) Chinese L1 learners intend to overuse present tense and underuse past tense and perfect tense and (2) Chinese L1 learners showed lacks of flexibility in the expressions of different verbal tenses in using English existential.
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