Advanced EFL students' use of modal verbs: A corpus-based investigation

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Abstract

Corpus Linguistics has become a major trend in Applied Linguistics since the second half of the 20th century due to computing facilities. Nowadays teachers can research and assess their students’ production by means of compiling learner corpora. This article describes how this technique was used to investigate the usage of modals in the writing of advanced EFL learners studying at private language schools in Rio de Janeiro. When the research corpus is compared to the academic prose register studied by Biber et alii (1999), the divergence becomes apparent. The findings, thus, suggest that subjects write in a nonproficient way, which runs counter to previous expectations.
Translated title of the contributionAdvanced EFL students' use of modal verbs: A corpus-based investigation
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationMúltiplas perspectivas em lingüística
EditorsJosé Sueli de Magalhães, Luiz Carlos Travaglia
PublisherEdUFU
Pages2919-2928
ISBN (Print)9788570782007
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Modal verbs
  • English as a foreign language
  • Corpus analysis
  • Learner corpus
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Academic prose

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