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ERIC Number: EJ896090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1578-7044
Polysemous Verbs and Modality in Native and Non-Native Argumentative Writing: A Corpus-Based Study
Salazar, Danica; Verdaguer, Isabel
International Journal of English Studies, v9 spec iss p209-219 2009
The present study is a corpus-based analysis of a selection of polysemous lexical verbs used to express modality in student argumentative writing. Twenty-three lexical verbs were searched for in three 100,000-word corpora of argumentative essays written in English by American, Filipino and Spanish university students. Concordance lines were examined to determine their use in the three corpora. After presenting the overall results for all verbs studied, more in-depth linguistic analysis was performed on the polysemous verb "feel". These analyses revealed that the non-native writers, unlike their native counterparts, had a limited grasp of the full range of meanings of lexical verbs such as "feel". It also showed that all student writers under study employed only a restricted range of lexical verbs to convey modal meanings in their writing. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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