Tove Larsson

List of John Benjamins publications for which Tove Larsson plays a role.



Subjects Corpus linguistics | Discourse studies | English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Pragmatics


Larsson et al. (2020) emphasize the importance of taking linguistic variables (e.g., verb type) into consideration in studies of adverb placement. This study looks at the positional distribution of 15 epistemic adverbs from texts written by L1 Turkish, German, and English students, with the aim… read more
Larsson, Tove, Henrik Kaatari, Tülay Dixon and Jesse Egbert 2023 Examining novice writers’ perceptions of formalityJournal of English for Research Publication Purposes 4:1, pp. 29–55 | Article
Adherence to standards pertaining to formality remains important for novice academic writers wishing to write within the scientific community. However, due to its elusive nature, it may not be clear what “formal” really means. This study investigates what affects novice writers’ perceptions of… read more
Larsson, Tove, Luke Plonsky and Gregory R. Hancock 2022 On learner characteristics and why we should model them as latent variablesInternational Journal of Learner Corpus Research 8:2, pp. 237–260 | Article
Learner corpus research has a strong tradition of collecting metadata. However, while we tend to collect rich descriptive information about learners on directly measurable variables such as age, year of study, and time spent abroad, we frequently do not know much about learner characteristics… read more
This corpus-based study tests the Principle of No Synonymy across levels of abstraction by examining the syntactic realizations of subject extraposition (e.g., it is important to, it seems that), and by investigating at which level(s) of formal description a difference in form also entails a… read more
Larsson, Tove, Magali Paquot and Douglas Biber 2021 Chapter 9. On the importance of register in learner writing: A multi-dimensional approachCorpus-based Approaches to Register Variation, Seoane, Elena and Douglas Biber (eds.), pp. 235–258 | Chapter
The present study explores the relative importance of register in learner writing vis-à-vis learner-internal factors such as first-language background. Using multi-dimensional analysis, the study looks at learner and native-speaker student writing from two registers (argumentative essays and… read more
In Learner Corpus Research (LCR), a common source of errors stems from manual coding and annotation of linguistic features. To estimate the amount of error present in a coded dataset, coefficients of inter-rater reliability are used. However, despite the importance of reliability and internal… read more
Larsson, Tove, Marcus Callies, Hilde Hasselgård, Natalia Judith Laso, Sanne van Vuuren, Isabel Verdaguer and Magali Paquot 2020 Adverb placement in EFL academic writing: Going beyond syntactic transferInternational Journal of Corpus Linguistics 25:2, pp. 156–185 | Article
The present study looks at adverb placement in expert writing and in first-language and second-language novice spoken and written production. The extent to which first-language (L1) transfer is still present in advanced learners’ written production is also investigated. The study uses data from… read more
Larsson, Tove, Shawn Loewen, Rhonda Oliver, Miyuki Sasaki, Nicole Tracy-Ventura and Luke Plonsky 2020 Chapter 5. Towards achieving work-life balance in academia: Comments and personal essays from six applied linguistsProfessional Development in Applied Linguistics: A guide to success for graduate students and early career faculty, Plonsky, Luke (ed.), pp. 49–64 | Chapter
The competing demands of teaching, research, and service seem to never end. Consequently, as academics, we often find ourselves feeling unable to realize our professional goals while also maintaining a life outside of work. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all way to achieve or… read more
There are sets of grammatical stance markers that are morphologically and semantically related, but that differ with regard to their syntactic realization (e.g., importantly, it is important that and the importance of). Little attention has, however, been paid to how these pattern across… read more
Subject extraposition (e.g. it is important to remember) is generally considered to be a formal construction that learners, whose writing is often said to be overly informal, have been found to struggle with. This study investigates to what extent register and text type can be used to explore… read more
The ability to successfully position oneself in relation to one’s claims through the use of stance markers is of central importance for academic writers. This study, which uses data from one expert corpus (LOCRA) and three learner corpora (ALEC, VESPA and BATMAT), investigates the use of… read more
Biber, Douglas, Tove Larsson, Gregory R. Hancock, Randi Reppen, Shelley Staples and Bethany Gray Comparing theory-based models of grammatical complexity in student writingInternational Journal of Learner Corpus Research: Online-First Articles | Article
The present study tests the empirical adequacy of competing models of grammatical complexity in university student writing, based on analysis of disciplinary texts from L1-English and L2-English students. The results show that grammatical complexity in student writing must be treated as a… read more