Advanced Gold (CAE) by Sally Burgess

By Sally Burgess

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It is therefore necessary to find out exacdy why and in what resuect German learners tend to over-intensih. I 1 Hypothesis 1: the function of adjective intensification In trying to find an explanation for the NNS overuse, it seemed advisable first to consider what kinds of adjectives were most frequently intensified by the learners and the native speakers. It might be assumed that intensification had an entirely different function for the two groups. 2). 6 55 - ____,. - -. e. the most prominent ones, are identical.

6 vs. 11, it is easy to see the potential for irritation and frustration on the part of the reader. At best, the effect is likely to be that of a markedly nonnative style, perceived as overly eager to impress. One can but speculate as to the source of this over-keen pragmatic sign-posting on the part of the German learners. It could, for example, have to do with a certain insecurity among non-native speakers regarding the effectiveness of their own writing. Anxious to make an impression and conscious of the limitations of their linguistic repertoire, they might feel a greater need than native speakers to stress the importance - and the relevance - of what they have to say.

Both NS and NNS informants are young adult university students and are aged between 19 and 25. The proportion of males to females is the same in both corpora: 6 males to 19 females. The informal interviews, which were not recorded surreptitiously, follow the same set pattern and are of similar length. For detailed information on the informants and the interview format, see De Cock (1996). 2 Description of the softzunre Due to the lack of availability of suitable corpus analysis tools, software for the extraction of word combinations for this study was specially developed at Lancaster.

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