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Investigating the collocations available to EAP writers

Frankenberg-Garcia, Ana (2018) Investigating the collocations available to EAP writers Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 35. pp. 93-104.

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Studies on the productive use of collocations have enabled researchers to harness a wealth of information about the phenomenon. However, most such studies focus on the collocations that come to the surface in finished texts, and have not been able to capture the range of collocational choices available for writers to choose from as they write. The present investigation addresses this gap by examining the collocations users of academic English at a British university were able to recall when presented with a selection of general academic writing frames. The study examined the collocations instinctively available to a group of 90 academics, tutors of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and students at PhD, MA and undergraduate levels in an academic writing gap-filling test where more than one collocation could be used in each gap. The results indicate that experience of English academic writing plays a more decisive role than having English as a first language (L1) in the collocations effortlessly available to EAP users.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Date : 3 July 2018
Funders : Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
DOI : 10.1016/j.jeap.2018.07.003
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : Collocation; Lexical competence; Academic literacy; EAP; Second language writing
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 19 Jul 2018 09:26
Last Modified : 11 Jun 2019 13:34

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