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On spelling behavio(u)r: A corpus-based study of advanced EFL learners’ preferred variety of English
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2012 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 11, no 3, 127-154 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study investigates variation in spelling based on British versus American English norms in the writing of university students in Sweden, Bulgaria and Italy. It also examines to what extent the students are consistent in their choice of variety. The corpusmaterial on which the study is based allows for investigation of possible changes overtime, across student levels and across nations. Contrary to findings of previous studies, the results reveal a clear preference for British English spelling for all the investigated subcorpora. The students are generally consistent in their use of one variety.

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2012. Vol. 11, no 3, 127-154 p.
Keyword [en]
Advanced learners of English, spelling, consistency, British English, American English.
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Humanities Specific Languages
Research subject
English; Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213135OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213135DiVA: diva2:680760
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