Approaching Language Transfer through Text Classification: Explorations in the Detection-based Approach
Dr. Scott Jarvis, Scott A. Crossley
Multilingual Matters, Mar 14, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 pages
Recent work has pointed to the need for a detection-based approach to transfer capable of discovering elusive crosslinguistic effects through the use of human judges and computer classifiers that can learn to predict learners’ language backgrounds based on their patterns of language use. This book addresses that need. It details the nature of the detection-based approach, discusses how this approach fits into the overall scope of transfer research, and discusses the few previous studies that have laid the groundwork for this approach. The core of the book consists of five empirical studies that use computer classifiers to detect the native-language affiliations of texts written by foreign language learners of English. The results highlight combinations of language features that are the most reliable predictors of learners’ language backgrounds.
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2 Detecting L2 Writers L1s on the Basis of Their Lexical Styles
3 Exploring the Role of nGrams in L1 Identification
4 Detecting the First Language of Second Language Writers Using Automated Indices of Cohesion Lexical Sophistication Syntactic Complexity and ...
5 Error Patterns and Automatic L1 Identification
6 The Comparative andCombined Contributions of nGrams CohMetrix Indices and Error Types in the L1 Classification of Learner Texts
Methods Theories and Applications