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Task complexity and linguistic and discourse features of narrative writing performance

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Task complexity and linguistic and discourse features of narrative writing performance. / Kormos, Judit.

In: Journal of Second Language Writing, Vol. 20, No. 2, 06.2011, p. 148-161.

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Kormos J. Task complexity and linguistic and discourse features of narrative writing performance. Journal of Second Language Writing. 2011 Jun;20(2):148-161. Available from: 10.1016/j.jslw.2011.02.001

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Kormos, Judit / Task complexity and linguistic and discourse features of narrative writing performance.

In: Journal of Second Language Writing, Vol. 20, No. 2, 06.2011, p. 148-161.

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title = "Task complexity and linguistic and discourse features of narrative writing performance",
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volume = "20",
number = "2",
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journal = "Journal of Second Language Writing",

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PY - 2011/6

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N2 - The research presented in this paper aimed to investigate the linguistic and discourse characteristics of narratives produced by upper-intermediate foreign language learners in a bilingual secondary school. In our analyses we used a variety of linguistic and discourse variables and a recently developed computer tool (Coh-Metrix 2.0: McNamara, Louwerse, & Graesser, 2002) to describe the characteristics of narrative texts.As a background for comparison, we also collected data from a small group of L1 writers in order to gain an insight into features of written task performance that is not hindered by difficulties in accessing linguistic knowledge required to execute a task. The variable whether students had to narrate a story with a given content or whether they were free to plan the plot of the story exerted a major impact only on one measure of lexical sophistication and had a minor effect on the overt expression of temporal cohesion. The study showed that the major difference between L1 and foreign language writers could be found with relation to lexical variety, sophistication and range.

AB - The research presented in this paper aimed to investigate the linguistic and discourse characteristics of narratives produced by upper-intermediate foreign language learners in a bilingual secondary school. In our analyses we used a variety of linguistic and discourse variables and a recently developed computer tool (Coh-Metrix 2.0: McNamara, Louwerse, & Graesser, 2002) to describe the characteristics of narrative texts.As a background for comparison, we also collected data from a small group of L1 writers in order to gain an insight into features of written task performance that is not hindered by difficulties in accessing linguistic knowledge required to execute a task. The variable whether students had to narrate a story with a given content or whether they were free to plan the plot of the story exerted a major impact only on one measure of lexical sophistication and had a minor effect on the overt expression of temporal cohesion. The study showed that the major difference between L1 and foreign language writers could be found with relation to lexical variety, sophistication and range.

KW - second language writing

KW - tasks

KW - attention

KW - PB Modern European Languages

UR - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10603743/20/2

U2 - 10.1016/j.jslw.2011.02.001

DO - 10.1016/j.jslw.2011.02.001

M1 - Journal article

JO - Journal of Second Language Writing

JF - Journal of Second Language Writing

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VL - 20

SP - 148

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