Journal of Social Sciences

Sequential Patterns: A new Corpus-Based Method to Inform the Teaching of Language for Specific Purposes

Dominique Legallois and Anne Prunet

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2015.128.138

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 11, Issue 3

Pages 128-138


In this study, we present an original study that aims to show how pedagogically important lexico-grammatical patterns, which are typical of certain genres, can be identified and taught at every educational level, in particular for learners of French for Specific Purposes. These patterns, called Sequential Patterns, constitute a more powerful paradigm than lexical bundles or “P-frames” because they combine different levels of abstraction (word forms, lemmas, POS tags). As they are typical of a textual genre, some of these items reveal the abstract phraseological dimension of texts.


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