Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2001

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Roberta Vann

Second Advisor

Dan Douglas

Third Advisor

Veronica Dark

Abstract

The transfer of speech features to writing is a common problem in the writing development of non-native speakers of English because students often do not recognize when this transfer is occurring and how it can impact a piece of discourse. The purpose of this study is to investigate how the factors of proficiency, extraversion, and use of English influence this transfer in non-native speakers of English who are learning English for academic purposes. Proficiency was determined by the English as a second language writing course in which participants were enrolled at the time of the data collection. Participants also completed a measure of their level of extraversion and a questionnaire measuring the extent to which they use English, and submitted two pieces of writing, a descriptive essay and a process essay. The extent to which writing samples showed evidence of speech features was measured using a technique based on the concept that groups of cooccurring linguistic features in a text cause it to resemble speech rather than isolated features alone.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-5275

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Julie Ann Thornton

Language

en

Date Available

September 5, 2013

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

127 pages

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