English article errors in Taiwanese college students' EFL writing

Neil Edward Barrett, Li-Mei Chen

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摘要

The English articles, the, indefinite a/an, and zero can be troublesome for English language learners. Thomas [1] demonstrated that English second language (L2) learners from first languages (L1) that do not have the equivalent of an article system encounter problems using articles. Ionin and Wexler [2] found that such learners fluctuate between definiteness and specificity. This study examined English L2 article use with Taiwanese English learners to determine the potential factors influencing English article substitution and error patterns in their academic writing. The corpus-based analysis used natural data collected for the Academic Writing Textual Analysis (AWTA) corpus [3]. A detailed online corpus tagging system was developed to examine article use, covering semantic (specific and hearer knowledge) as well as the other features of the English article. The results indicated that learners overused both the definite and indefinite articles but underused the zero article. The definite article was substituted for the indefinite article in specific environments. Although no significant difference existed between specific and non-specific semantic environments in zero article errors, a significant difference emerged between plural and mass/non-count nouns. These results suggest that, in regard to writing, learners need to focus on the semantic/pragmatic relationships of specificity and hearer (or reader) knowledge.

原文English
頁面266-280
頁數15
出版狀態Published - 2010 十二月 1
事件22nd Conference on Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing, ROCLING 2010 - Nantou, Taiwan
持續時間: 2010 九月 12010 九月 2

Other

Other22nd Conference on Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing, ROCLING 2010
國家Taiwan
城市Nantou
期間10-09-0110-09-02

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing

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    Barrett, N. E., & Chen, L-M. (2010). English article errors in Taiwanese college students' EFL writing. 266-280. 論文發表於 22nd Conference on Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing, ROCLING 2010, Nantou, Taiwan.