Wednesday Workshop

First steps into Learner Corpus Research

Facilitator: Gaëtanelle Gilquin (University of Louvain) 

Date: July 10, 2019

Time: 9-1pm

Location: TBD


Abstract: This workshop will introduce participants to the field of Learner Corpus Research (LCR), which uses learner corpora to study second language acquisition. After setting the scene and defining the basic notions of LCR, it will focus on designing and compiling a learner corpus, using a mixture of lecture and hands-on activities. Both written and spoken learner corpus compilation will be dealt with. In the second part of the workshop, the main methods to analyze learner corpora will be presented, including Contrastive Interlanguage Analysis, which makes it possible to investigate learner language by comparing it with native/expert language, as well as with other varieties of learner language. Not only will errors be considered, but also quantitative differences, with the notions of overuse and underuse. Throughout the workshop, reference will be made to learner corpus projects and case studies that have analyzed these learner corpora. The workshop does not require any previous knowledge in the field