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Type: Journal article
Title: A corpus-based list of commonly used English medical morphemes for students learning English for specific purposes
Author: Le, C.N.
Miller, J.
Citation: English for Specific Purposes, 2020; 58:102-121
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 0889-4906
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Chinh Ngan Nguyen Le, Julia Miller
Abstract: Medical students with English as an additional language often face difficulties in acquiring English medical terminology derived from Greek and Latin morphemes. To address this problem, this study used a corpus-based approach to identify the most commonly occurring medical morphemes in four sources: Stedman's list of medical morphemes; the Cengage list of general English morphemes; the Center for Development in Learning list of general English morphemes; and the Medical Web Corpus—a web-based corpus of current medical texts available through Sketch Engine text analysis software. Three medical dictionaries were used to validate the findings, leading to a final list of 136 specialized medical morphemes which cover 8.5% of the lexical items in the Medical Web Corpus. The findings provide a reliable and useful resource to help medical students with English as an additional language enhance their English medical vocabulary.
Keywords: Medical terminology; Corpus; Morpheme
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 1000016208
DOI: 10.1016/j.esp.2020.01.004
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