Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3(12), pp. 1049 - 1053
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031214
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Insights from a Learner Corpus as Opposed to a Native Corpus about Cohesive Devices in an Academic Writing Context


Ceylan Yangın Ersanli *
Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Education, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

This study reports on the insights from an EFL learner corpora (a total of 151 essays and 49,690 words) generated from essays collected over the years in a Turkish state university from freshmen students enrolling in the Advanced Writing course. The comparison of cohesive devices in the non-native corpus (NNC) with those in a native corpus (NC) reveals the overuse and misuse of some cohesive devices by Turkish EFL learners. The study specifically aimed to show the use of cohesive devices in learner essays. The frequency counts of cohesive devices in both the NNC and NC were compared to draw conclusions about the macrostructure of the collected essays. Finally, this study makes some suggestions for improvement in the organisation of essays by non-native EFL learners.

KEYWORDS
Cohesive Devices, Native Corpus, Non-native Learner Corpus, Writing Development

Cite this paper
Ceylan Yangın Ersanli . "Insights from a Learner Corpus as Opposed to a Native Corpus about Cohesive Devices in an Academic Writing Context." Universal Journal of Educational Research 3.12 (2015) 1049 - 1053. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031214.