Characteristics of Intermediate/Advanced Korean Inter-Englishes: A Corpus-Linguistic Analysis.

우리나라 중.상급학습자 영어의 특징 : 말뭉치 언어학적 분석

  • 안성호 (한양대학교 영어교육과) ;
  • 이영미 (한양대학교 영어교육과)
  • Published : 2004.03.01

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to find out some major characteristics of intermediate-advanced Korean learners' English by corpus- linguistically analyzing their essays in comparison with native speakers'. We construct a corpus of CBT TOEFL essays by Korean learners, NNS1 (94076 words in 402 texts), and its sub-corpus, NNS2 (14291 words in 45 texts), and then a corpus of model essays written or meticulously edited by native speakers, NS (14833 words in 35 texts). We compare NNS1 and NNS2 with NS, and with some other corpora, in terms of high-frequency words, and show that Korean learners' writings have more features of informal writing than those of formal writing, which is in accord with the reports in Granger (1998) that EFL writings by European advanced learners are characterized by informality.