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Learner corpus profiles

The case of Romanian Learner English

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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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Madalina Chitez holds a doctoral degree in English Linguistics from the University of Freiburg, Germany. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania. She currently works as a senior researcher at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzeland. Her research interests are corpus linguistics, learner corpora, academic writing and intercultural rhetorics.

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