International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Conceptualizing Causation in Novice and Intermediate Academic Writing
Dr. Christoph Haase

This contribution intends to show the confluence of two strands of research that bring together the teaching of linguistics with academic writing and which show that the linguistic perspective can be illuminated by the academic practice. The corpus compiled to this end will be described as well as a number of linguistic features in student writing, usually from students who have never written an academic paper in their lives. The feature of causation will be isolated and described with data from standard corpora. In the empirical part, the conceptualization of causation in student writing will be examined. We show marked differences in the conceptualization based on parameters such as language proficiency.

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