• Corpus-based evidence of article omissions by Russian speaking English learners: A new pedagogical list

    Author(s):
    SLS Working Papers (view group) , Caitlin Cornell, Dmitrii Pastushenkov
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    SLS Working Papers
    Subject(s):
    Second language acquisition, Applied linguistics, Russians
    Item Type:
    Online publication
    Tag(s):
    english as a second language, Corpus Linguistics & Language Pedagogy, Russian
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/1q0n-sy06
    Abstract:
    In line with recent multifactorial work by Gries and Deshors (Deshors, 2016; Gries & Deshors, 2014), we investigated the effects of various semantic and syntactic factors and their interactions on article misuse in the Russian sub-corpus of the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE). In this paper, we report the results of a pilot study of article omissions that is a common problem for English learners coming from article-less backgrounds. We identified 153 instances of correct use of the zero article and 93 instances of article omissions, annotated them based on the factors from previous research, and analyzed the data using multilevel logistic modeling. The results of univariate logistic mixed effects modelling showed that adjectival pre-modification (OR = 0.31, 95% CIs [0.13, 0.75], p = .009), animacy (OR = 17.61, 95% CIs [2.27, 136.75], p = .006), and number (OR = 0.05, 95% CIs [0.02, 0.17], p < .001) affected omissions in the Russian sub-corpus of ICLE. Much like the results of Garnier and Schmitt (2015), we used these results to develop a pedagogical list.
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