Edited by Sandra Götz and Joybrato Mukherjee
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 92] 2019
► pp. 157–174
Comparing errors across an L2 spoken and written error-tagged Japanese EFL learner corpus
The present study compared the spoken and written production of Japanese EFL learners prompted by the same picture description task. It focused on how production modes affect the accuracy and error rates of learner language across proficiency levels, by analysing linguistic features related to grammar and lexical choice. The results showed that linguistic features other than third-person singular -s showed significant differences between the modes. Third-person singular -s may be problematic for Japanese EFL learners as participants’ accuracy rates did not improve in the less time-pressured written production mode. Nevertheless, third-person singular -s was the only linguistic feature that could distinguish between intermediate-low and intermediate-mid levels of spoken production.