1. bookVolume 8 (2020): Issue 2 (December 2020)
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Corpus based study of verbs explain and clarify as an example of assistance in pedagogical settings

Published Online: 26 Aug 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 8 (2020) - Issue 2 (December 2020)
Page range: 144 - 184
Received: 18 Feb 2020
Accepted: 01 Jul 2020
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2303-4858
First Published
08 Sep 2014
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

The use of synonymy and near-synonymy allows us to differently express similar ideas and meanings, as well as perspectives. However, their use and nuances may be unclear to language learners, such as the selected case of the verbs explain and clarify. This paper examines the usage of the two verbs by looking into corpus data and uses Sinclair's methodological procedure as an alternative to dictionary references. Also included is a discussion of aspects and criticisms of corpus linguistics, mentions (and uses of) computer technologies for the analysis of language by discovering usage patterns, significant exceptions and semantic prosody, and exploring whether using corpora in the classroom would be beneficial to language learners.

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