ABSTRACT

Parent, K. 2018. What English verb errors do Korean university students make? A corpus examination of learner-produced verb phrases. Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics 18-4, 423-441. This article examines a corpus of writings by Korean university students with an eye towards the verb phrase patterns they use. Provided are a list of verb patterns which they do not use; ones they use but are not, or very rarely, found in writings produced by native speakers; ones they overuse; and ones they underuse. The results show particular problems with the passive voice and the perfect aspect, problems that are magnified when these two are combined. In terms of overuse, it reveals that the simpler verb patterns tend to be used much more frequently than would otherwise be expected. One-word verb phrases (do/did, has, is and lexical verbs like help), basic negative forms (do/did not have), basic modal phrases (can help, could not help) and others are overused. Underused verbs include, among others, various realisations of passive constructions and phrasal verbs. Pedagogical implications based on these results are discussed.

KEYWORD

verb phrase, passivity, ergativity, perfective, phrasal verbs, error analysis, corpus linguistics, learner English

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