Using corpus complexity analyses to refine a holistic ESL writing placement rubric
- J. R. Gevara, Jeremy R. Gevara
This research complements past progress in modeling/classifying speech acts and laryngealizations (LA’s) in different languages, ultimately for the purpose of Danish speech act analysis. Danish is a language whose rich history of phonology is not matched by extensive corpus analysis. Danish also has been known to be difficult to analyze with respect to boundary tones/speech acts. This paper cites and explains these difficulties, offers solutions in terms of a corpus-based approach, and how to use current tools in a different way than previously used in order to emphasize important details. An improved understanding of Danish LA’s could allow for the discovery of interesting relationships between traditional prosodic parameters and Danish speech acts.