Formulaic sequences in native and non-native argumentative writing in German

Jaworska, S. and Krummes, C. and Ensslin, A. (2015) Formulaic sequences in native and non-native argumentative writing in German. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 20 (4). pp. 500-525. DOI: 10.1075/ijcl.20.4.04jaw

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The aim of this paper is to contribute to learner corpus research into formulaic language in native and non-native German. To this effect, a corpus of argumentative essays written by advanced British students of German (WHiG) was compared with a corpus of argumentative essays written by German native speakers (Falko-L1). A corpus-driven analysis reveals a larger number of 3-grams in WHiG than in Falko-L1, which suggests that British advanced learners of German are more likely to use formulaic language in argumentative writing than their native-speaker counterparts. Secondly, by classifying the formulaic sequences according to their functions, this study finds that native speakers of German prefer discourse-structuring devices to stance expressions, whilst British advanced learners display the opposite preferences. Thirdly, the results show that learners of German make greater use of macro-discourse-structuring devices and cautious language, whereas native speakers favour micro-discourse structuring devices and tend to use more direct language.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Creative Studies and Media
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:29
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 03:37
ISSN: 1384-6655
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/262
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1075/ijcl.20.4.04jaw
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
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