مجلة كلية الآداب و العلوم الإنسانية و الإجتماعية
Volume 12, Numéro 24, Pages 27-40

Deviations In Verb+noun Lexical Collocations: A Case Of Algerian Efl Learners

Authors : Arabet Mohamed Akram .

Abstract

‘Pseudo-native speaker’ is the term given to a foreign language learner who has reached a high level of proficiency. Such level of proficiency is characterised by the mastery of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Consequently, a distinction must be drawn between grammatical proficiency and the idiomatic one. Idiomaticity has three basic levels of compositionality: free combinations, collocations, and idioms. The present research work investigates the mastery of Verb+Noun lexical collocations by Algerian EFL learners at Université des Frères Mentouri, Constantine. It is hypothesised that Algerian EFL learners have a low level of mastery in the usage and comprehension of Verb+Noun collocations. It is also hypothesised that Algerian EFL learners have more difficulty with verbs than nouns in using Verb+Noun lexical collocations. An online corpus (BNC) and two other online websites (Collocation Checker & O.O.C.D) were used as tools to measure learners’ collocational competence. Examined collocations were extracted from the learners’ examination essays. The analysis was done manually through identification and corpus usage. The findings of the study indicate that Algerian EFL learners have more difficulty with verbs than nouns when it comes to using Verb+Noun lexical collocations-confirming the aforementioned hypotheses. Thus, focus on collocational knowledge is required. Teachers must raise their students’ awareness on the importance of collocations in improving the oral and written quality of production. Moreover, learners have to, deliberately, be able to identify collocations and memorise them within their contexts.

Keywords

Verb+Noun Deviations; Lexical Collocations; Online Corpus.