To What Extent Are Multiword Sequences Associated With Oral Fluency?

Parvaneh Tavakoli*, Takumi Uchihara

*この研究の対応する著者

研究成果: Article査読

15 被引用数 (Scopus)

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This study examined the relationship between oral fluency and use of multiword sequences (MWSs) across four proficiency levels (Low B1 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference). Data came from 56 learners taking the speaking test of the Test of English for Educational Purposes, and our analysis obtained different measures of fluency (speed, breakdown, repair) and MWSs (frequency, proportion, association). Results showed that (a) high-frequency n-grams correlated positively with articulation rate; (b) n-gram proportion correlated negatively with frequency of mid-clause pauses; and (c) n-gram association strength correlated positively with frequency of end-clause pauses and negatively with repair frequency. Qualitative analysis suggested that the test-takers borrowed some task-specific n-grams from the task instructions and used them frequently in their performance. Whereas lower proficiency speakers used these n-grams verbatim, C1 level speakers used them competently in a variety of forms. We discuss significant implications of the findings for phraseology and language testing research.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)506-547
ページ数42
ジャーナルLanguage Learning
70
2
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2020 6 1
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 教育
  • 言語および言語学
  • 言語学および言語

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