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Developing a writing assistant to help EAP writers with collocations in real time

Frankenberg-Garcia, Ana, Lew, R, Roberts, J, Rees, Geraint and Sharma, N (2018) Developing a writing assistant to help EAP writers with collocations in real time ReCALL.

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Corpora have given rise to a wide range of lexicographic resources aimed at helping novice users of academic English with their writing. This includes academic vocabulary lists, a variety of textbooks, and even a bespoke academic English dictionary. However, writers may not be familiar with these resources or may not be sufficiently aware of the lexical shortcomings of their emerging texts to trigger the need to use such help in the first place. Moreover, writers who have to stop writing to look up a word can be distracted from getting their ideas down on paper. The ColloCaid project aims to address this problem by integrating information on collocation with text editors. In this paper, we share the research underpinning the initial development of ColloCaid by detailing the rationale of (1) the lexicographic database we are compiling to support novice EAP users’ collocation needs and (2) the preliminary visualisation decisions taken to present information on collocation to EAP users without disrupting their writing. We conclude the paper by outlining the next steps in the research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages
Authors :
Lew, R
Roberts, J
Sharma, N
Date : 2018
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2018 Cambridge University Press
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 19 Apr 2018 08:51
Last Modified : 13 Aug 2018 05:05

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