Computer-assisted Language Learning: Collocation Analysis and Learning in Corpora

By Sau Kwan Chung.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Course books on collocation are rare, and collocation knowledge is neglected in most educational settings. Yet some research showed that collocation knowledge can help students to achieve native-like accuracy and diversity in language production. Corpus-based approaches are helpful tools for addressing a range of linguistic areas of American and British English. This study suggested that the role of corpora is consistent with effective language learning theories and then investigated collocation with two corpora—COCA and BNC—focusing on the word “habit.” The methodology includes frequency list, mutual information, and KWIC (concordance), where both quantitative and qualitative techniques are interpreted. Frequent collocates (adjective, verb, and preposition) with the word “habit” are shown.

Keywords: Collocation, Colligation, Co-occurrence, Context, Language Patterns

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp.33-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 26, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 428.505KB)).

Sau Kwan Chung

Doctoral Student, Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong