Academic vocabulary is in fashion, as witnessed by the increasing number of books published on the topic. In the first part of this book, Magali Paquot scrutinizes the concept of 'academic vocabulary' and proposes a corpus-driven procedure based on the criteria of keyness, range and evenness of distribution to select academic words that could be part of a common-core academic vocabulary syllabus. In the second part, the author offers a thorough analysis of academic vocabulary in the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE) and describes the factors that account for learners' difficulties in academic writing. She then focuses on the role of corpora, and more particularly, learner corpora, in EAP material design. It is the first monograph in which Granger's (1996) Contrastive Interlanguage Analysis is used to compare 10 ICLE learner sub-corpora, in order to distinguish between linguistic features that are shared by learners from a wide range of mother tongue backgrounds and unique features that may be transfer-related.
Table 2.2 The re-categorization of data from the professional corpus into
knowledge domains Corpus Number of words ProfSS MC Arts MC Belief and
religion MC Social science BNC Humanities BNC Politics, education and law
BNC Social ...
The Country of Kent, situated in the south-east corner of England, is famous for the “white cliffs of Dover” which face the French coast only 20 miles away. In the centre of the Country there is an area known as The Weald, often referred to as “the garden of England” as it is abundant in the growing of fruit of all kinds and until the 1970’s grew most of the hops used in the production of English beer. Our fictional story concerns the lives of a variety of residents in a typical village in this area immediately prior to the 2nd World War and throughout until its end in 1945; their romance, successes, failures, disappointments and tragedies. The author lived throughout this period in a village in The Weald of Kent.