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ERIC Number: EJ780183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
Native and Nonnative Use of Multi-Word vs. One-Word Verbs
Siyanova, Anna; Schmitt, Norbert
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v45 n2 p119-139 Jun 2007
One of the choices available in English is between one-word verbs (train at the gym) and their multi-word counterparts (work out at the gym). Multi-word verbs tend to be colloquial in tone and are a particular feature of informal spoken discourse. Previous research suggests that English learners often have problems with multi-word verbs, and may even avoid their use. This study explores this issue further by comparing the likelihood of using multi-word vs. one-word verbs by both native speakers and advanced nonnatives. A questionnaire of 26 multi-word/one-word verb pairs showed that nonnatives were less likely to use multi-word verbs than native speakers in informal spoken contexts. Moreover, the amount of exposure to native-speaking environments did not have an effect on the likelihood of using the multi-word verbs. However, a corpus analysis of the same verb pairs showed that the one-word verbs are often more frequent in both written and spoken discourse. The following are appended: (1) Frequencies of multi-word verbs and one-word verbs; and (2) Verb pair questionnaire. (Contains 4 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)