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A Corpus-Based Variation in the Processing of Determiners in Nigerian Undergraduates Descriptive Writing [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. 2020; 4(5): 22-38 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2020.14237

A Corpus-Based Variation in the Processing of Determiners in Nigerian Undergraduates Descriptive Writing

Anas Saidu Muhammad1, Manvender Kaur Sarjit Singh2
1Department of Nigerian Languages, Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria
2School of Languages, Civilization & Philosophy, University Utara, Malaysia

In this study, we built a learner corpus, specifically the C-BUK corpus, to investigate variation in the processing of determiners in the descriptive ESL writing of the Nigerian undergraduate. The theoretical assumption that guides this study is that of the usage-based theory. Basically, the method applied in this study is the quantitative descriptive research design within the multi-dimensional corpus-based orientation. The findings showed that the overall undergraduates attained the highest frequency in processing the determiner capable of pronominal function (DD). This was followed by the singular determiners (DD1), the wh-question determiner (DDQ), post-determiners capable of pronominal function (DA), and pre-determiners capable of pronominal function (DB). These prove variant to the DDQGE, DDQV, DB2, DAR, DAT, DA1, DA2, and the DD2 forms of determiners, which were least processed. In terms of their gender variation, the females achieved higher frequencies in processing the DD, DD1, and DB, which was in variance to the males that attain a higher frequency in DDQ and DA. In terms of their ethnic group variation, the Igbo group achieved higher rates in DD1, DDQ, and DB. The Hausa group and the Yorb group attained higher rates in DA and DD respectively. The pedagogical implications suggest for the organization of seminars and the adoption of situated learning methods in order to enhance the Nigerian undergraduates English writing systems.

Keywords: Corpus, Descriptive ESL writing, Determiners, Ethnic and gender variation, Nigerian undergraduates

Anas Saidu Muhammad, Manvender Kaur Sarjit Singh. A Corpus-Based Variation in the Processing of Determiners in Nigerian Undergraduates Descriptive Writing. ALRJournal. 2020; 4(5): 22-38

Corresponding Author: Anas Saidu Muhammad, Nigeria
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