BuCorLing talk series: "A Longitudinal Study of Multi-Word Constructions in L2 Academic Writing" by Duygu Çandarlı from University of Dundee

Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to attend the first talk of the Boğaziçi University Corpus Linguistics Research Group (BUCorLing) Lecture Series for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

The first speaker of the BUCorLing Lecture Series is Dr. Duygu Çandarlı from University of Dundee, School of Education and Social Work.

Date: 4th December 2020
Time: 17:00-18:00
Venue: zoom link will be shared later

Title: "A Longitudinal Study of Multi-Word Constructions in L2 Academic Writing"


This talk aims to discuss the results of a corpus-based longitudinal study of multi-word constructions (e.g., in addition to) in second language academic writing at an English-medium university, using linear mixed-effects modelling. Multi-word constructions have important functions in academic writing, and they can be indicative of language and writing proficiency. Although the use of multi-constructions has been investigated between first language and second language writing, no study has focused on the use of multi-word constructions longitudinally at an English-medium university context. The findings of the study indicated different patterns of change in the frequencies of multi-word constructions across structural and functional categories over time. I will discuss the findings from the perspective of usage-based approaches to language learning and offer pedagogical implications for teaching multi-word constructions and academic writing.


On behalf of BUCorLing,

Prof. Dr. Leyla Martı

Friday, December 4, 2020