Article use and criterial features in Spanish EFL writing

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This pilot study uses a combination of frequency measures and an accuracymeasure to explore article use in the writing of Spanish learners of English asa foreign language (EFL). Following Bickerton’s (1981) and Huebner’s (1983)publications, the uses of the definite, indefinite and zero articles are analysedand (error-)tagged in a learner corpus containing texts at the A2, B1 and B2levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).Three criterial features, more concretely positive linguistic features, are observedin the learner corpus at CEFR B2 level: the higher mean of correct uses of thezero article in non-referential contexts, their effective use and selection, andtheir accurate use. The chapter also analyses the patterns in the accuracy of useorder at the three CEFR levels and provides examples of article errors.


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