Departmental Bulletin Paper Corpus Search in Life Science Dictionary (LSD) as a Tool for Writing Scientific Papers

Kawamoto, Takeshi  ,  Fujita, Nobuyuki  ,  Ohtake, Hiroshi  ,  Kaneko, Shuji

6pp.19 - 26 , 2017-12 , 名古屋大学教養教育院
Writing academic papers in English is an essential skill even for non-native English speakers, including Japanese researchers. The corpus in the Life Science Dictionary (WebLSD Corpus) is a powerful tool that can extract useful information about correct or typical usages of English words from the LSD corpus. For example, expression, which usually means “gene expression” in the life science field, is used as an uncountable noun, which can be clarified by the WebLSD Corpus. Since this usage is specific to life sciences, it is necessary to check its usage in scientific papers. Associate can be used as both a transitive verb and an intransitive verb, and the meaning of associate differs depending on its usage pattern. Insight is usually used as both an uncountable noun and a plural form of a countable noun, but not in the singular form. These unexpected usages can be verified by using the WebLSD Corpus. To find critical information, we need to select the proper search options in the WebLSD Corpus. In this article, we show how to search for verbs, nouns, and irregular verbs using the WebLSD Corpus to enable researchers to find a variety of useful information on disciplinespecific English without seeking help from native English speakers.
Special issue: Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Academic Writing and Critical Thinking

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