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Korean EFL Learners Use of I in English Argumentative Writing: Focusing on Genre-specific and Proficiency-specific Characteristics

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Issue Date
2018-08
Publisher
Language Education Research Center, Seoul National University
Citation
Language Research, Vol.54 No.2, pp. 357-381
Keywords
first person pronounsecond language writinggenreproficiencycorpus linguistics
Abstract
The present study explored Korean EFL learners use of the first person singular pronoun, I, in argumentative essays. To examine whether learners I differs according to genre and proficiency, the use of I in argumentative writing was compared with personal writing and between learners of low and high proficiency. The frequency, variability, and collocates analyses of I showed that learners used less Is with little variability in argumentative essays, mostly using it to deliver opinions in formulaic expressions or to strengthen arguments with boosters. In terms of proficiency, high-level learners in general used I less often and with more hedges compared to low-level learners, more closely resembling native speakers use of I. The study suggests that learners depend on I to express their opinions and achieve the goal of the argumentative genre and that the knowledge of using I effectively in writing is gradually acquired as learners proficiency increases.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/142819
DOI
https://doi.org/10.30961/lr.2018.54.2.357
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 54 Number 1/3 (2018)
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