Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
The difficulty with which many international students use a/the/Ø articles is an interesting research area for both linguistic and pedagogical reasons. My research shows that learners of English, when writing academic English, are confronted with a choice of a/the/Ø articles in around 1 in every 5 words. This high frequency of use shows that improved pedagogy is important, but also makes them an ideal focus for any researcher interested in learner errors, since relatively small corpora can yield very rich insights.
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