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Syntactic aspects of the writing of Swedish L2 learners of English
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2011 (English)In: Corpus-based studies in language use, language learning, and language documentation / [ed] John Newman, Harald Baayen and Sally Rice, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011, 1, 139-155 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study focuses on syntactic development in Swedish high school students’ writing. The data is drawn from the Uppsala Learner English Corpus (ULEC), consisting of essays written by Swedish junior and senior high school students. In measuring syntactic development in the students’ writing, we make use of various indices, including number of T-units, proportion of syntactically error-free T-units, and the subordinate clause index. In the statistical analysis of the data, syntactic development is analyzed across age, school level, and gender. Senior high school students write longer and more complex T-units, in that they have a more frequent and varied use of subordinate clauses. Contrary to previous research on gender differences in second language acquisition, our results show that, controlling for age and school level, there are no statistically significant differences between boys and girls when they write essays in English.

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Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011, 1. 139-155 p.
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Language and Computers - Studies in Practical Linguistics, ISSN 0921-5034 ; 73
Keyword [en]
learner language, syntax, second language acquisition
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Specific Languages
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English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163121ISBN: 978-90-420-3401-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-163121DiVA: diva2:462769
Available from: 2011-12-08 Created: 2011-12-08 Last updated: 2016-04-26

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