Psychosocial Dimensions of Learner Language
While the preceding chapter looked at general semantic themes in the L2 Experience Interview Corpus, the present chapter turns to the psychological (learner-internal) and social (learner-external) themes in learner interviews. Specifically, we want to know how 22 psychosocial categories within the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count program (LIWC; Pennebaker et al. 2007) relate to the language experience interviews of 123 advanced English language learners, and whether this relationship indicates larger dimensions of co-occurring features within the L2 learning experience. To address this question, we use exploratory principal component analysis to examine co-occurrence patterns among semantic variation across the interview texts.
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