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Using corpora in SLA research: investigating word order Universidad Autónoma de Madrid WOSLAC project: 2 learner corpora CEDEL2WriCLE.

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1 Using corpora in SLA research: investigating word order Universidad Autónoma de Madrid WOSLAC project: 2 learner corpora CEDEL2WriCLE MAIN PURPOSE To analyse properties constraining word order in L2 grammar: at lexicon-syntax interface [Unaccusativity Hypothesis] at syntax-discourse interface [Topic, Focus] Amaya Mendikoetxea (Project Leader) Cristóbal Lozano (CEDEL2) Michael O’Donnell (UAM CorpusTool) Paul Rollinson (WriCLE)  CEDEL2 “Corpus Escrito del Español L2” (Cristóbal Lozano) L1 English – L2 Spanish TARGET: 1 million words (so far: 500,000 words) Online data collection (webpage) Learners from universities all over the world (USA, UK, Australia, Spain) Data gathering: Learning background Spanish Placement Test (Wisconsin)  WriCLE “Written Corpus of Learner English” (Paul Rollinson) L1 Spanish – L2 English TARGET: 1 million words (so far: 600,000 words) Essays written by 1 st and 3 rd year students of English at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Data gathering: Learner & Essay profile Oxford Quick Placement test SOFTWARE: UAM CorpusTooL 2.0 (by Michael O’Donnell) It can select and annotate a structure: text / sentence / phrase / word. It can assign features to that structure: cleft, passive, preposing, extraposition … Automatic detection of patterns. XML format. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & FUNDING Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, project no. HUM FILO Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid & Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, project no. 09-SHD-01 FREE DOWNLOAD from: Team members: Amaya Mendokoetxea (project leader),´Gema Chocano, Rocío Jiménez, Cristóbal Lozano, Susana Murcia, Michael O’Donnell, Paul Rollinson, Iván Teomiro. SOME PUBLICATIONS: Lozano, C. & Mendikoetxea, A. (in press). Postverbal subjects at the interfaces in Spanish and Italian learners of L2 English: a corpus analysis. In: Papp, S., Díez, B. and Gilquin, G. (eds). Linking up contrastive and corpus learner research. Rodopi.Postverbal subjects at the interfaces in Spanish and Italian learners of L2 English: a corpus analysis Lozano, C. (in press). Selective deficits at the syntax-discourse interface: Evidence from the CEDEL2 corpus. In: Leung, Snape & Sharwood-Smith (eds). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.Selective deficits at the syntax-discourse interface: Evidence from the CEDEL2 corpus Lozano, C. & Mendikoetxea, A. (in press). Verb-Subject order in L2 English: new evidence from the ICLE corpus. In: Actas del XXV Congreso Internacional de AESLA. Universidad de MurciaVerb-Subject order in L2 English: new evidence from the ICLE corpus Lozano, C. & Mendikoetxea, A. (2007). Learner corpora and the acquisition of word order: A study of the production of Verb-Subject structures in L2 English. In: M. Davies, P. Rayson, S, Hunston, P. Danielsson (eds) Proceedings of the Corpus Linguistics Conference 2007, University of Birmingham. O'Donnell, M "The UAM CorpusTool: Software for corpus annotation and exploration". Proceedings of the XXVI Congreso de AESLA, Almeria, Spain, 3-5 April O'Donnell, M " Demonstration of the UAM CorpusTool for text and image annotation". Proceedings of the ACL-08:HLT Demo Session (CompanionVolume), Columbus, Ohio, June Association for Computational Linguistics. pages 13–16.


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