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ERIC Number: ED390262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1015-2059
Citing Previous Writers: What Can We Say Instead of 'Say'?
Pickard, Valerie
Hong Kong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v18 p89-102 Sep 1995
This concordance study uses a corpus of applied linguistic articles to explore how and why accomplished academic writers use quotations and citations, specifically the word 'say,' and analyses the lexical and grammatical choices they make. Citations were examined in almost 50,000 words from 11 articles to document use by experts writers. Overuse of'say' by English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students is symptomatic of a lack of vocabulary as well as a lack of understanding of the requirements of academic writing in acknowledging sources. Findings suggest that students lack knowledge of the citation behavior of expert writers and that concordanced research and classroom exercises may help teachers become better able to empower students to make better lexical awareness and choice. Appendixes present the corpus list, most frequent reporting verbs, and concordanced worksheet. (Contains 20 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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