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Title: A Story in Four Words: An Analysis of Lexical Bundles in Learners’ Writing Placement Test in ELIPT Corpus 
Author: Suethanapornkul, Sakol
Date: 2009
Abstract: The present study analyzes non-native speakers’ use of lexical bundles in written production. Wiring samples were obtained from essay writings at a placement test at English Language Institute (ELI). The corpus analysis of the written productions via CLAN program revealed that learners heavily relied on referential expression bundles in their written production. However, as far as the findings from the corpus analysis are concerned, only few learners employ stance expressions, the frequency of occurrences being so small that it did not eventually crop up in the analysis. This point raises an interesting question of whether or not learners possess the knowledge of stance expression bundles, the point of which can be further explored in future studies. In order to better explain the reasons of lack or a part thereof of stance expressions in non-native speakers’ production, the present study calls for further investigation along the same line. The findings also shed light on the variability within corpus although there are a few methodological problems regarding the comparability of each lexical bundle across subcorpora.
Pages/Duration: 38 pages
Keywords: lexical bundles, L2 writing, corpus analysis, written production

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