ANACOR: A corpus-based approach to anaphora resolution in second language acquisition: beyond the interfaces (FFI2016-75106-P).

2011 - 2020 Financiado con 60.500€ por MINECO


Goal: The goal of the ANACOR research project is to understand how late bilinguals (=learners of a second language, L2) use anaphoric forms to refer to their antecedents in previous discourse. We use large corpus data, as well as experimental data, to investigate this in several language combinations.

Our corpora are being collected online via the web portal LEARNERCORPORA.COM:
●CEDEL2 corpus (Corpus Escrito del Español como L2), which contains data from L1 English/German/Dutch/Greek/Japanese learners of L2 Spanish, as well as a comparable Spanish native subcorpus. CEDEL2 (version 1) is already available online at
●COREFL (Corpus of English as a Foreign Language), which contains data from L1 Spanish/German learners of L2 English, as well as a comparable English native subcorpus.

The two major project goals are (i) to better understand the mechanisms underlying the language of adult bilingual learners of a second language (in relation to anaphora resolution); (i) to create new electronic resources (corpora) like COREFL and enlarge existing corpora like CEDEL2 to better undertand anaphora resolution in SLA.

Methods: Psycholinguistics, Corpora