Academic vocabulary in learner writing : from extraction to by Magali Paquot

By Magali Paquot

Educational vocabulary is in type, as witnessed by way of the expanding variety of textbooks released at the subject. within the first a part of educational Vocabulary in Learner Writing, Magali Paquot scrutinizes the concept that of ̀academic vocabulary' and proposes a corpus-driven technique according to the factors of keyness, diversity and evenness of distribution to choose educational phrases that may be a part of a common-core academic Read more...


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G. adult, drama, sex, tape) (Paquot, 2007a). Hanciog˘lu et al. , 2008: 462). : 463). Originating from research on vocabulary needs for reading comprehension and text coverage, the division between core words and academic words is very practical for assessing text difficulty and targeting words that are worthy of explanation when reading an academic text in the classroom. Most English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students recognize core words but are not familiar with the meaning of academic words such as amend, concept, implement, normalize, panel, policy, principle and rationalize, which are not very common in everyday English.

5 per cent of the running words in academic texts. By contrast, it accounts for a very small percentage of words in other types of texts such as novels, suggesting that the AWL’s word families are closely associated with academic writing (Coxhead, 2000: 225). It is divided into 10 sublists ordered according to decreasing word-family frequency. Some of the most frequent word families included in Sublist 1 are headed by the word forms analyse, benefit, context, environment, formula, issue, labour, research, significant and What is academic vocabulary?

Cowan defines sub-technical vocabulary as ‘context independent words which occur with high frequency across disciplines’ and comments that, Clearly some of what I am calling sub-technical vocabulary would be encompassed in the existing word frequency counts like Thorndike Lorge, Michael West’s General Service List and the recent one million word computer analysis by Henry Kucˇera and Nelson Francis. (Cowan, 1974: 391) Cowan’s definition of sub-technical vocabulary applies to those words that have the same meaning in several disciplines.

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