Community News Online: A Corpus Study of ESL Students and Professional News Writing in Hong Kong

Connie K. F. NG, Dora WONG, Janet HO

Research output: Other Conference ContributionsConference Paper (other)

Abstract

This study investigates English online news reports completed by undergraduate ESL journalism students from a university in Hong Kong between 2008 and 2001. The news reports include interviews and feature articles of mostly events and people on campus and in the local community. Students posted the news on a course weblog using information from a three minute radio or video version they had produced. To examine the writing of these campus reports, a corpus of 250,000 words from 557 news articles was built. The foci of the study include the analysis of the semantic fields and linguistic features such as the use of adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions, nominalization, prepositions and verbs (attributive verbs, modal verbs and strong verbs). Professional news reports of similar topics were gathered from two leading English newspapers, the Standard and the South China Morning Post published in Hong Kong to form a reference corpus.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014
Event17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA): One World | Many Languages - Australia, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 10 Aug 201415 Aug 2014
https://aila.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/AILA2014-Program_Booklet.pdf (Program)

Conference

Conference17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)
Abbreviated titleAILA World Congress 2014
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period10/08/1415/08/14
OtherThe International Association of Applied Linguistics
Internet address

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Community News Online: A Corpus Study of ESL Students and Professional News Writing in Hong Kong'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    NG, C. K. F., WONG, D., & HO, J. (2014). Community News Online: A Corpus Study of ESL Students and Professional News Writing in Hong Kong. Paper presented at 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), Brisbane, Australia. http://www.aila2014.com/download/backup/AILA2014_Program_Addendum.docx