论文求助 word frequency of english vocabulary

wangqingbo

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我现在在准备本科毕业,论文题目是:on the word frequency of english vocabulary,我向来喜欢翻译而对词汇学不太感兴趣,可是老师硬是让我写这个题目,各位老师可能帮帮我呀?下面是我苦想的 outline,谢谢了!
Outline
On the Word Frequency of English vocabulary
0.Introduction: why the author wants to write this paper
1. The Word Frequency of English vocabulary
1.1 Brief explanation to word frequency.
1.2 Corpus
1.3 Features
1.3.1 close relation to register
1.3.2 cultural background
2. Application to English teaching
2.1 the compile of English textbooks
2.2 the decision of English teaching strategies
2.3the improvement of English testing methods
3.Conclusion
References



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cncorpus

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题目太玄。就是选做Ph.D.论文题目恐怕也得枪毙。如果你对vocabulary感兴趣,不妨研究一下下面的topic:

比较一下新四六级大纲词汇和汉语水平考试的词汇。两者都是为foreign/second language learner所选。研究的角度可以是两者选词的异同,文化上的差异,学生学习上的困难等等等等。这个题目当硕士论文来做也够了。
 

wangqingbo

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学校给的题目是死的,不允许我换,我也给老师说过可他说不写就别想毕业!!Oh,my god!!help! help!
 

cncorpus

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以下是引用 wangqingbo2006-4-25 8:31:56 的发言:
学校给的题目是死的,不允许我换,我也给老师说过可他说不写就别想毕业!!Oh,my god!!help! help!
你的老师看来没治了。先得让他/她先下课你才能毕业。

一个workaround是你还是用学校给的题目,但是在实际操作时将词表具体到某个特定的领域。其它需要考虑的具体问题是还有汉语的词频表。据我所知,公开的汉语词频表好像仍是85年北语做的那个。HSK词表只是分了级,但没有具体的频率信息。你要和汉语的比,先得找一张reference list才行。



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wangqingbo

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我现在最头疼的就是corpus,我找了好多地方,可根本找不到,找汉语的干什么?是对比吗
 

wangqingbo

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我也曾经想过这样,可是他说什么要有新意,以前的学生都写的是什么verbs,所以就总的来说了,可是我觉得细的总的都有一个问题,就是corpus太难找到,请问哪里有呀?我现在一点都没有找到
 

清风出袖

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http://www.corpus4u.com/forum_view.asp?view_id=1298&forum_id=55
Here we have access to some free online corpora that are presented by Dr. Xu Jiajin. Cheers!
 

xiaoz

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Frequency is often considered one of the most important advantages of using corpora, but it is also the motivation for criticism of the corpus-based approach from language pedagogy researchers. For example, Cook (1998: 61) argues that corpus data impoverishes language learning by giving undue prominence to what is simply frequent at the expense of rarer but more effective or salient expressions. Nevertheless, it can also be argued reasonably that:

on the contrary, using corpus data not only increases the chances of learners being confronted with relatively infrequent instances of language use, but also of their being able to see in what way such uses are atypical, in what contexts they do appear, and how they fit in with the pattern of more prototypical uses. (Osborne 2001: 486)

This view is echoed by Goethals (2003: 424), who argues that ‘frequency ranking will be a parameter for sequencing and grading learning materials’ because ‘[f]requency is a measure of probability of usefulness’ and ‘[h]igh-frequency words constitute a core vocabulary that is useful above the incidental choice of text of one teacher or textbook author.’ Hunston (2002:194-195) observes that ‘items which are important though infrequent seem to be those that echo texts which have a high cultural value’, though in many cases ‘cultural salience is not clearly at odds with frequency.’ While frequency information is readily available from corpora, no corpus linguist has ever argued that the most frequent is most important. On the contrary, Kennedy (1998: 290) argues that frequency ‘should be only one of the criteria used to influence instruction’ and that ‘[t]he facts about language and language use which emerge from corpus analyses should never be allowed to become a burden for pedagogy.’ As such, raw frequency data is often adjusted for use in a syllabus, as reported in Renouf (1987: 168). It would be inappropriate, therefore, for language teachers, syllabus designers, and materials writers to ignore ‘compelling frequency evidence already available’, as pointed out by Leech (1997b: 16), who argues that:

Whatever the imperfections of the simple equation ‘most frequent’ = ‘most important to learn’, it is difficult to deny that frequency information becoming available from corpora has an important empirical input to language learning materials.

The following two papers, as well as the references cited therein, may also be of help to you.

Word frequency and word difficulty:
http://forum.corpus4u.org/upload/forum/2006042621295767.pdf

Evidence-based selection of word frequency lists:
http://forum.corpus4u.org/upload/forum/2006042621315043.pdf
 

cncorpus

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以下是引用 wangqingbo2006-4-26 10:27:34 的发言:
我现在最头疼的就是corpus,我找了好多地方,可根本找不到,找汉语的干什么?是对比吗
在你的outline里不是有:comparison with Chinese word frequency吗?
 

xiaoz

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My advice is to focus on English vocabulary, dropping the discussion of Chinese. Also establish a link between your study and Paul Nation's work.
 

wangqingbo

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以下是引用 cncorpus2006-4-26 21:32:24 的发言:
以下是引用 wangqingbo2006-4-26 10:27:34 的发言:
我现在最头疼的就是corpus,我找了好多地方,可根本找不到,找汉语的干什么?是对比吗
在你的outline里不是有:comparison with Chinese word frequency吗?
我修改了一下,请老师再看看怎么样?
Outline
On the Word Frequency of English vocabulary
0.Introduction: why the author wants to write this paper
1. The Word Frequency of English vocabulary
1.1 Brief explanation to word frequency.
1.2 Corpus
1.3 Features
1.3.1 close relation to register
1.3.2 cultural background
2. Application to English teaching
2.1 the compile of English textbooks
2.2 the decision of English teaching strategies
2.3the improvement of English testing methods
3.Conclusion
References


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wangqingbo

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以下是引用 xiaoz2006-4-26 21:35:30 的发言:
My advice is to focus on English vocabulary, dropping the discussion of Chinese. Also establish a link between your study and Paul Nation's work.
I know and now I revised my outline. Can you have a look at it and give me more advice? Thanks a lot!
Outline
On the Word Frequency of English vocabulary
0.Introduction: why the author wants to write this paper
1. The Word Frequency of English vocabulary
1.1 Brief explanation to word frequency.
1.2 Corpus
1.3 Features
1.3.1 close relation to register
1.3.2 cultural background
2. Application to English teaching
2.1 the compile of English textbooks
2.2 the decision of English teaching strategies
2.3the improvement of English testing methods
3.Conclusion
References


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xiaoz

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The outline is not clear what you will discuss in each section. You'd better include a paragraph showing what you will talk about in each each for us to provide more useful feedback.
 

wangqingbo

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以下是引用 xiaoz2006-4-27 21:40:25 的发言:
The outline is not clear what you will discuss in each section. You'd better include a paragraph showing what you will talk about in each each for us to provide more useful feedback.
you mean more introductions or explanations? thanks!
 
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