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Wu, Shaoqun; Franken, Margaret; Witten, Ian H. – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2010
Extensive knowledge of collocations is a key factor that distinguishes learners from fluent native speakers. Such knowledge is difficult to acquire simply because there is so much of it. This paper describes a system that exploits the facilities offered by digital libraries to provide a rich collocation-learning environment. The design is based on…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Language Processing, Internet, Native Speakers
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Wu, Shaoqun; Witten, Ian H.; Franken, Margaret – ReCALL, 2010
Collocations are of great importance for second language learners, and a learner's knowledge of them plays a key role in producing language fluently (Nation, 2001: 323). In this article we describe and evaluate an innovative system that uses a Web-derived corpus and digital library software to produce a vast concordance and present it in a way…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Internet, Computational Linguistics, Second Language Learning
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Wu, Shaoqun; Franken, Margaret; Witten, Ian H. – Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2009
The web is a potentially useful corpus for language study because it provides examples of language that are contextualized and authentic, and is large and easily searchable. However, web contents are heterogeneous in the extreme, uncontrolled and hence "dirty," and exhibit features different from the written and spoken texts in other linguistic…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Word Lists, Electronic Libraries, Internet