An analysis of formal errors in a corpus of l2 English produced by Chinese students

Fei-Yu Chuang, Hilary Nesi

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Abstract

This paper describes the investigation of a small corpus of writing in English for
academic purposes produced by L1 speakers of Mandarin. The investigation involved
the development of a tagset for the identification of formal errors in the corpus, and
the subsequent analysis of these errors with a view to creating remedial grammar
materials for Chinese students studying in the medium of English. Some prior
approaches to error analysis are discussed, the process of developing the tagging
system is described, and error types are identified, categorised, quantified, described
and (as far as possible) explained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 251-271
Number of pages21
JournalCorpora
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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The article has been accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in the Corpora, http://www.euppublishing.com/loi/cor

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