n Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Southern Africa - Learner corpus research in South Africa (1989–2019) - research

Volume 50 Number 3
  • ISSN : 0256-5986
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This article reviews published research on South African learner corpora, focussing on available corpora and a synthesis of research themes and findings. Previous corpora for English amount to 4.2 million words of undergraduate writing and 1.85 million words for Afrikaans. Research yielded findings on cohesion, coherence, metadiscourse, grammatical features, vocabulary, spelling errors, and learner errors. Cross-cutting trends indicate the overuse of high frequency functional categories and high frequency lexical resources, and similarities between student writing and spoken conversation. Overall, this article documents the sizable body of research that has been conducted to date.

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