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Learner corpus profiles

The case of Romanian Learner English


Madalina Chitez

Aiming at exemplifying the methodology of learner corpus profiling, this book describes salient features of Romanian Learner English. As a starting point, the volume offers a comprehensive presentation of the Romanian-English contrastive studies. Another innovative aspect of the book refers to the use of the first Romanian Corpus of Learner English, whose compilation is the object of a methodological discussion. In one of the main chapters, the book introduces the methodology of learner corpus profiling and compares it with existing approaches. The profiling approach is emphasised by corpus-based quantitative and qualitative investigations of Romanian Learner English. Part of the investigation is dedicated to the lexico-grammatical profiles of articles, prepositions and genitives. The frequency-based collocation analyses are integrated with error analyses and extended into error pattern samples. Furthermore, contrasting typical Romanian Learner English constructions with examples from the German and the Italian learner corpora opens the path to new contrastive interlanguage analyses.
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Since the writing of a book is a never-ending quest for answers, my warmest thanks go to the persons who opened my mind to questions. These questions, related to random or self-imposed challenges, helped me seek, select and improve my own research ideas.

Firstly, I would like to give my sincere thanks to the supervisor of my thesis, Professor Christian Mair. He was, in fact, the first to ‘confront’ me with the free-will paradox in any research endeavour, both empowering and adventurous: the topic of my book had to reflect my own experiences and research interests. I am therefore extremely grateful to him that I was able to evaluate my own priorities and identify a very interesting and motivating research area to which I could contribute.

During the process of corpus collection, several people have contributed considerably to the successful compilation of materials. I would like to thank Professor Sylviane Granger for guiding me through the process of corpus collection by providing me with relevant information on learner corpus compilation criteria. I am also deeply grateful to all the academics who helped me collect the materials for the Romanian Corpus of Learner English from the Romanian universities: Prof. Rodica Albu (University Alexandru Ioan Cuza of Iasi), Assist. Univ. Iulia Bucui (University Alexandru Ioan Cuza of Iasi), Assist. Univ. Ileana Boţescu-Sireţeanu (University Transilvania of Brasov), Assist. Univ. Adina Câmpu (University Transilvania of Brasov), Prof. Lia Hanţiu (University of Oradea), Lect. Drd....

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