This paper exemplifies an approach to learner corpus data that adopts a multifactorial definition of ‘context’. We apply a logistic regression to 2,986 attestations of genitive alternation (the squirrel’s nest vs. the nest of the squirrel) from the Chinese and German sub-sections of the International Corpus of Learner English and the British component of the International Corpus of English that were coded for 12 factors. Importantly, the speakers’ L1 was included as a predictor to be able to compare properly the native speakers with the learners as well as the two learner groups with each other. The final regression model predicts all speakers’ genitive choices very accurately (> 93%) and suggests that (i) the learners rely heavily on processing-related factors, which can be overridden by semantic constraints, and (ii) learners’ choices are differentially modulated by their L1. We close with a discussion of how this context-based, multifactorial approach goes beyond traditional learner corpus research.
2020. Structural surface overlap and derivational complexity in crosslinguistic transfer: Acquisition of English genitive alternation by Egyptian Arabic-speaking learners. Second Language Research 36:4 ► pp. 529 ff.
Bernaisch, Tobias, Stefan Th. Gries & Joybrato Mukherjee
2022. Alternation phenomena and language proficiency: the genitive alternation in the spoken language of EFL learners. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 0:0
2022. One norm to rule them all? Corpus-derived norms in learner corpus research and foreign language teaching. Language Teaching 55:1 ► pp. 87 ff.
Gries, Stefan Th. & Allison S. Adelman
2014. Subject Realization in Japanese Conversation by Native and Non-native Speakers: Exemplifying a New Paradigm for Learner Corpus Research. In Yearbook of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics 2014 [Yearbook of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics, 2], ► pp. 35 ff.
2014. Using regressions to explore deviations between corpus data and a standard/target: two suggestions. Corpora 9:1 ► pp. 109 ff.
Gries, Stefan Th. & Sandra C. Deshors
2015. EFL and/vs. ESL?. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research 1:1 ► pp. 130 ff.
Gries, Stefan Th. & Stefanie Wulff
2021. Examining individual variation in learner production data: A few programmatic pointers for corpus-based analyses using the example of adverbial clause ordering. Applied Psycholinguistics 42:2 ► pp. 279 ff.
KERZ, ELMA & DANIEL WIECHMANN
2016. Second language construction learning: investigating domain-specific adaptation in advanced L2 production. Language and Cognition 8:4 ► pp. 533 ff.
2021. Corpus-Based Methodologies in the Study of Heritage Languages. In The Cambridge Handbook of Heritage Languages and Linguistics, ► pp. 520 ff.
Kubota, Maki, Caroline Heycock, Antonella Sorace & Jason Rothman
2020. Cross-Linguistic Influence on L2 Before and After Extreme Reduction in Input: The Case of Japanese Returnee Children. Frontiers in Psychology 11
Lozano, Cristóbal & Marcus Callies
2018. Word Order and Information Structure in Advanced SLA. In The Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition, ► pp. 419 ff.
Mizumoto, Atsushi, Luke Plonsky & Jesse Egbert
2020. Meta-analyzing Corpus Linguistic Research. In A Practical Handbook of Corpus Linguistics, ► pp. 663 ff.
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