Research project The main object of the project Corpus study on language-specific and universal features in learner language is to shed light on the nature of learner language (LL). The project is led by docent Jarmo Harri Jantunen, Oulu University.
The focus of the project is twofold: first, it aims to study so-called learner language universals (LLUs), i.e. features that exist in learner language in spite of the learner’s target and source language. Secondly, the object is to investigate language-specific features, namely features that are present only in one specific learner language but cannot be found in other LLs. In this project, the language-specific features are studied using Finnish learner language as comparable data for learner language in general and for languages studied earlier.