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The Use of This + Noun by Korean EFL Writers: Focusing on Shell Nouns and Nominalization

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Authors
Yoon, Choongil
Issue Date
2017-04-16
Publisher
Language Education Research Center, Seoul National University
Citation
Language Research, Vol.53 No.1, pp. 135-161
Keywords
DemonstrativeShell nounNominalizationArgumentative writingCorpus linguistics
Abstract
The study investigated the use of this + noun as a textual device for creating cohesion and constructing stance in corpora of argumentative essays in English written by Korean university students and native speaker students. Focusing on the uses and distributions of shell nouns and nominalizations within the demonstrative construction, the study examined how they differed in the two corpora. In addition, the study identified major patterns of inappropriate use of this + noun by the Korean student writers. Results showed that while the Korean university students made much less use of this + noun for text reference, their use of shell nouns was less successful in creating cohesion and incorporating stance in ways valued in academic writing. Moreover, the limited range of general nouns used in the construction indicates the Korean writers use of shell nouns was often habitual rather than strategic. This paper concludes by discussing pedagogical implications of the findings.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/117594
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 53 Number 1/3 (2017)
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