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A comparative study of nominalisation in IELTS writing test papers


To, V and Le, T and Le, Q, A comparative study of nominalisation in IELTS writing test papers, International Journal of Innovative Interdisciplinary Research, 1, (4) pp. 15-21. ISSN 1839-9053 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Adopting the Functional Grammar advanced by Halliday (1985a), this paper investigates the nominalisation of two IELTS writing test papers of candidates achieving band 7 and band 5. The study aims to identify the frequency of nominalisation employed in these texts and the distribution of verbal and adjectival nominalisations. The study also looks at the other aspects that contribute to the complexity of writing: lexical density and readability. The result shows that the numbers of nominalisation in the writing test paper at band 7 doubled the amount of the writing test paper at band 5. In the two texts, verbal nominalisation is mainly used while adjectival nominalisation is low. With reference to lexical density and readability, it is revealed that the text with higher marks was denser and more difficult to read whilst the lower]graded text was less dense and easier to comprehend. Two conclusions are drawn from the findings. Firstly, nominalisation packed the information in a text and made it denser and

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nominalisation, IELTS writing tests, comparative study, lexical density, readability.
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:To, V (Dr Vinh To)
UTAS Author:Le, T (Dr Thao Le)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:84370
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-05-09
Last Modified:2018-02-15
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