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Exploring Syntactic and Lexical Complexity in Narrative Tasks

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Authors
Hirch, Roz
Issue Date
2013
Publisher
서울대학교 인문대학 영어영문학과
Citation
영학논집, Vol.33, pp. 151-174
Keywords
complexityaccuracyfluencyCAFwriting assessmentTradeoff HypothesisCognition Hypothesistask difficulty
Abstract
Improved complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) is an often-stated goal of writing instruction, but there are few clear or well-established guidelines for describing and analyzing CAF. This paper looks at various measures of CAF as well as two theories for describing how they interact: Trade-off Hypothesis and Cognition Hypothesis. A study was conducted with 3 groups—a group of 3
native English speakers; one of 7 advanced non-native English speakers, and another of 9 intermediate non-native speakers—on two separate writing tasks developed in Tavakoli and Foster (2011). Analysis of the output was done utilizing a variety of measures discussed in the paper. The study offered support, albeit weak, for Trade-off Hypothesis. Suggestions for future research and improvements to analysis are suggested.
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/81472
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)영학논집(English Studies)영학논집(English Studies) No.33 (2013)
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