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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, 31 (1). pp. 23-39.

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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 Literature and Languages
Authors :
Lew, R
Roberts, J
Sharma, N
Date : 10 August 2018
Funders : Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
DOI : 10.1017/S0958344018000150
Copyright Disclaimer : © European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning 2018 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Academic writing; Automated feedback; Collocation; Corpora; EAP; Lexicography
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 19 Apr 2018 08:51
Last Modified : 28 Aug 2019 09:41

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