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Facts and things: Advanced ESL learners' use of discourse-organising nouns
Karlstad University. (KuFo - The Research Group for Culture Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0773-8019
2016 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 15, no 4, 104-134 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the use of discourse-organising nouns (DONs), such as fact, issue, and thing, in a corpus of Swedish advanced students’ academic writing in second language (L2) English, and in what ways texts produced by the L2 students resemble or differ from those produced by advanced native-speaker students and from expert writing in this respect. The L2 student writing was found to approximate the L1 student writing and the expert writing in several ways, including overall frequency of DON usage, but with less variety and more frequent occurrences of semantically vague types and types expressing attitude and involvement.

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Göteborgs universitet, 2016. Vol. 15, no 4, 104-134 p.
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discourse-organising nouns, cohesion, register, academic writing, L2 learners, ICLE, LOCNESS, ICE
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47575OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-47575DiVA: diva2:1061997
Available from: 2017-01-04 Created: 2017-01-04 Last updated: 2017-01-09Bibliographically approved

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