Approaching Language Transfer through Text Classification: Explorations in the Detectionbased Approach

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Scott Jarvis, Scott A. Crossley
Multilingual Matters, Mar 14, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 178 pages
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This book explains the detectionbased approach to investigating crosslinguistic influence and illustrates the value of the approach through a collection of five empirical studies that use the approach to quantify, evaluate, and isolate the subtle and complex influences of learners’ nativelanguage backgrounds on their English writing.
 

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Contents

An Overview
1
2 Detecting L2 Writers L1s on the Basis of Their Lexical Styles
34
3 Exploring the Role of nGrams in L1 Identification
71
4 Detecting the First Language of Second Language Writers Using Automated Indices of Cohesion Lexical Sophistication Syntactic Complexity and ...
106
5 Error Patterns and Automatic L1 Identification
127
6 The Comparative andCombined Contributions of nGrams CohMetrix Indices and Error Types in the L1 Classification of Learner Texts
154
Methods Theories and Applications
178
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Scott Jarvis (Ph.D., Indiana University) holds the title of Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Ohio University, where his main research interests include crosslinguistic influence, cognitive linguistics, and research methods related to the investigation of language proficiency and the measurement of lexical diversity. His work in these areas has appeared in several authored and edited books, numerous book chapters and journal papers in the fields of second language acquisition and multilingualism. Professor Jarvis is also Associate Executive Director for the journal Language Learning.

Scott A. Crossley is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. His work involves the application of natural language processing theories and approaches for investigating second language acquisition, text readability, and writing proficiency. His current research interests include lexical proficiency, writing quality, and text coherence and processing.

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