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ERIC Number: EJ929265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0958-8221
Exploring the Effects and Use of a Chinese-English Parallel Concordancer
Gao, Zhao-Ming
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v24 n3 p255-275 2011
Previous studies on self-correction using corpora involve monolingual concordances and intervention from instructors such as marking of errors, the use of modified concordances, and other simplifications of the task. Can L2 learners independently refine their previous outputs by simply using a parallel concordancer without any hints about their errors and guidelines from instructors? This paper addresses this question and reports a pilot study about the effects and use of a parallel concordancer in a Chinese-English translation task. Twenty-one subjects, whose English reading proficiency attained higher-intermediate level, participated in the study, in which they used the Yahoo Chinese-English bilingual dictionary in the pretest and employed the CERT parallel Chinese-English concordancer to modify their translations in the posttest. The results indicated that the mean score in the posttest was significantly higher than that in the pretest, suggesting that learners can independently make corrections by consulting parallel corpora without any simplification of the task as well as hints and guidelines from their instructors. Inspection of the subjects' translations showed that the improvements made in the posttest centered on phraseology involving word choices and word combinations. The users' attitudes toward CERT as well as the theoretical implications of parallel concordancers in second language acquisition theories are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 5 figures.)
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Language: English
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