Chapter in:Beyond Concordance Lines: Corpora in language education
Edited by Pascual Pérez-Paredes and Geraldine Mark
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 102] 2021
► pp. 122–147
Profiling learners through pragmatically and error annotated corpora
This proof-of-concept study presents a novel way of analysing learner language based on 20 randomly selected interviews from the Chinese part of the Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage (LINDSEI) (Gilquin et al., 2010), annotated both pragmatically and using a newly devised error analysis scheme. Annotation and initial analyses were primarily conducted in the Dialogue Annotation and Research Tool (DART) (Weisser, 2016b), and the relevant features extracted and normed by the number of functional (speech act) units to obtain meaningful comparable results across speakers. The results indicate that the majority of errors affect the coherence of the learners’ narrative and that the communicative strategies used by the learners exhibit a high number of discourse markers or response-signals used (em)phatically, apparently only serving as ‘planning facilitators’, rather than genuine structural or interactional devices.
Keywords: error annotation, pragmatic annotation, Chinese learners, learner profile