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Clausal Complements in Native and Learner Spoken English

A Corpus-based Study with Lindsei and Vicolse


Beatriz Tizon-Couto

This study deals with the frequency and use of clausal complementation in the oral production of two different Spanish learner groups (i.e. Galician/Spanish learners and Spanish learners) as compared with a further learner group (i.e. German learners) and with native speakers (British students). By using corpus and learner linguistic approaches, this research aims to find out and explain the similarities and differences regarding the use of clausal complementation structures in the oral English of several groups of non-native and native speakers. In addition, this study also depicts the process of collection of the oral corpus VICOLSE, which contains transcripts of spoken English data produced by bilingual Galician/Spanish learners. The identification of variation in the use of clausal complementation across the data sheds light on the particular characteristics of spoken learner language syntax/structuring.


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Acknowledgements 9


Acknowledgements After all these years, I would like to express my gratitude to those who contributed in some way to the completion of this doctoral disserta- tion. First, I would like to thank my PhD supervisor, Dr. Javier Pérez Guerra, for providing constant guidance, encouragement and advice since the beginning of my doctorate studies, and specially for all the corrections and revisions made to text that is about to be read. I owe gratitude to several scholars from the Universities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, especially to Dr. Esperanza Rama, Dr. Dolores González, Dr. Rosa Alonso, Professor Teresa Fanego, Dr. Ignacio Palacios and Dr. María José López Couso, who directly or indirectly contributed to the writing of this dissertation. I would like to show my gratitude to Professor Sylviane Granger, Dr. Gaëtanelle Gilquin and all the team at the CECL (Uni- versité catholique de Louvain) for allowing me to use the LINDSEI and LOCNEC data. I am also indebted to Professor Martin Bygate and Dr. Sebastian Hoffmann (University of Lancaster) for their valuable instructions and suggestions which helped me to complete the final parts of this volume. I am greatly indebted to the students from the University of Vigo who voluntarily gave me their time to provide data for the crea- tion of VICOLSE. As regards the financial support that facilitated the carrying out of this investigation, I thank the Language Variation and Textual Cate- gorization (LVTC) group (in which I which worked as...

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