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Unconjugated verb use in Singapore classroom discourse: A corpus-based analysis
Unconjugated verb
Classroom discourse
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Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Education Research Association (APERA) Conference, Singapore, 26-28 November 2008.
A large amount of research regarding Singapore Colloquial English (SCE) has been conducted in terms of pronunciation, intonation, particles, grammatical aspects, language variation and language education (Deterding 2005; Gut 2007; Lim 2004, 2007; Schneider 2007; Kachru 2008), while a close look at the features of SCE in classroom discourse has not received as much attention. To follow up the previous studies of SCE, this paper explores the frequently‐occurring unconjugated verb use in Singapore classroom discourse by using the Singapore Corpus of Research in Education (SCoRE), which covers the annotated data of 92 Singapore primary school lessons concerning four curriculum subjects (English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science). With large quantities of cases extracted from SCoRE, this research accounts for the systematic patterns in terms of the unconjugated verb use in SCE. Statistical analysis is adopted to identify the patterns of unconjugated verb use, to classify the cases, and to investigate their distributive properties across respective school subjects. This quantitative study is an effective supplement to the previous studies with regard to SCE and will bear positive pedagogical significance.
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