A Learner Corpus Investigation of Formulaic Sequence Development in EFL Learners with a Focus on Native and Non-Native Corpora
Keywords:Formulaic sequences (FSs); Learner corpus; EFL learners; multi-word units
In recent years, the advent of computer technology and software tools have made it available for more complicated and fully operational facilities for corpus linguistics. Thanks to these developments, the compilation of large collections of naturally occurring texts was made more accurately. In line with these developments, the current study aimed to investigate the usage patterns of three- to four-word sequences in a learner corpus composed of two semesters written data from 85 English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners. The data was analysed by examining collective trends in terms of usage patterns of formulaic sequences across different time intervals. In the collection of data, the frequency approach was used and the most frequent three- and four-word recurrent formulas were extracted from each sub-corpus of the learner corpora in two groups and these sequences were classified structurally and functionally. Then, the use of these sequences was compared across native (LOCNESS) and non-native data by using the Sketch Engine corpus tool. The findings suggested that although formulaic sequences were used frequently in both learner groups, the frequency and type of these formulaic sequences were less diverse, and the number of formulaic sequences was limited when compared with the native data.
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