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Introducing index lists as a tool for identifying typical linguistic features of specialized registers: With examples from Swedish textbooks in Natural Sciences
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013). Göteborgs universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0597-1546
2015 (English)In: 13th International Conference on Textbooks and Educational Media, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Both Nordic and international studies have indicated that subject-specific linguistic distinctions rarely are made explicit to students (chandler, 1995; dysthe et al., 2006). To be able to offer students adequate support, we need to be more knowledgeable of specific linguistic demands at different form levels. This calls for large-scale subject-specific empi-rical language studies.

My work describes a quantitative procedure for characterizing the register of Swedish text-books in natural sciences, i.e. from the subject fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The method is corpus-based and uses tools from language technology to automatically produce, what I call, index lists, i.e. lists of salient features of specialized language. The idea of such lists originates from the project to develop an academic word list for Swedish (riBecK et al., 2014). This method, which originally focused purely on lexical items, i.e. words, has been adjusted in order to also extract variables on the phraseological and syntactic levels of language.

In my presentation I will show examples of index lists over vocabulary, nominal phrases and syntactic structures, extracted from a corpus of 5 million words originating from Swedish secondary and upper secondary textbooks in natural science.

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2015.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71794OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-71794DiVA, id: diva2:1303378
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13th International Conference on Textbooks and Educational Media, Berlin, 11–13 September 2015
Available from: 2019-04-09 Created: 2019-04-09 Last updated: 2019-04-17Bibliographically approved

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