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"A wise decision": Pre-modification of discourse-organising nouns in L2 writing
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013). (The Research Group for Culture Studies at Karlstad University (KuFo))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0773-8019
2018 (English)In: Journal of second language writing, ISSN 1060-3743, E-ISSN 1873-1422, Vol. 41, p. 14-26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates an aspect of the use of discourse-organising nouns (DONs), that is, abstract nouns such as decisionfactproblem, and thing, in Swedish advanced students’ academic writing in second language (L2) English. Specifically, the study examines the use of pre-modifiers together with DONs in a corpus of L2 student writing, and in what ways the texts produced by the L2 students resemble or differ from those produced by native-speaker students and expert writers in this respect. A number of significant differences across the writer groups were identified, including variety of usage and the expression of attitude and involvement. In short, the L2 students and, to a lesser extent, the L1 students, were found to use fewer types, and different types, in comparison with the experts, and to use them in different ways, resulting in discourse that can be characterised as imprecise and colloquial. The differences were largest between the L2 student writing and the expert writing, though findings suggest that both student groups can usefully be thought of as learner writers in this respect. The findings reported here contribute to a wider understanding of the characteristics of student writing and students’ academic literacy in a second language.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 41, p. 14-26
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Discourse-organising noun, L2 writing, Stance, ICLE, LOCNESS, ICE
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67318DOI: 10.1016/j.jslw.2018.05.003ISI: 000445166400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67318DiVA, id: diva2:1205375
Available from: 2018-05-14 Created: 2018-05-14 Last updated: 2019-10-23Bibliographically approved

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