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Corpus-based analysis of oral test transcripts: A case study of conditional constructions

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  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Pe English
  • Linguistics


Corpus-based analysis of the use of the present continuous construction in oral language proficiency exams CORPUS-BASED ANALYSIS OF ORAL TEST TRANSCRIPTS: A CASE STUDY OF CONDITIONAL CONSTRUCTIONS Costas Gabrielatos and Judit Kormos Language Testing Research Group, Lancaster University 14 March 2013 Our funders and Prof. Geoffrey Leech Dr. Andrew Hardie Janina Iwaniec Dr. Ursula Madden-Weinberger Diana Mazgutova Margarita Calderon Thanks to General aims of the research  Explore the use of spoken second language learner corpora for the purposes of second language acquisition and language testing research What insights can cross-sectional learner corpora provide?  Frequency of particular linguistic features in learner language – comparisons with native speaker data  Emergence of particular syntactic constructions in spoken language use  Development in accuracy and complexity of learners’ language use  Form-function mappings in L2 learner language  Conversational alignment Research questions 1. What kind of semantic and pragmatic meaning do L2 learners and examiners express with the help of conditional constructions? 2. How does L2 learners’ use of conditional constructions differ at various levels of proficiency? 3. How does L2 learners’ use of conditional constructions align with that of the examiners? Benefits of a corpus of spoken L2 use Very few existing L2 corpora of spoken English:  The Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage (LINDSEI) (Gilquin, De Cock & Granger, 2010)  Informal interviews (not in a testing context). One million words.  NICT JLE corpus:  Recordings during the ACTFL-ALC Standard Speaking Test. Japanese learners only.  The Cambridge Spoken Learner Corpus  No publicly available information How could our study contribute to exam development and validation?  Inform

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