All Issue

2021 Vol.36, Issue 4 Preview Page

Research Article

February 2021. pp. 487-497
Computer science is a fast-moving and must-learn discipline, with a high lexical density of conceptually- demanding technical vocabulary. This study seeks to identify technical vocabulary used within the discipline of computer science through the corpus-based methodology. A specialized corpus of 135 research articles in computer science was built, comprised of 1,260,460 running words and for the analysis, AntWordProfiler was utilized. The corpus-driven analysis demonstrated that the GSL accounted for 71%. GSL and AWL’s combination achieved 83.1% of the computer science corpus, less than the 95% lexical threshold suggested for optimal comprehension. These results highlight the need for a mastery of technical lexis in computer science, which was found to be technical; a total of 545 field-oriented technical words were identified.
  1. 설문원. 2003. 기록관리 용어 사용 실태 분석과 표준화 방안 연구. 『한국문헌정보학회지』 37.4, 241-268. 10.4275/KSLIS.2003.37.4.241
  2. 이제영, 김정렬. 2013. 학술 전문 코퍼스를 활용한 영어교육 전문어휘 추출. 『Foreign Languages Education』 20.1, 99-122.
  3. 이제영, 안종기, 이지은. 2017. EAP 전문 코퍼스를 활용한 유아교육 전문어휘 추출. 『한국콘텐츠학회논문지』 17.1, 475-484. 10.5392/JKCA.2017.17.01.475
  4. 이제영, 이혜진. 2019. 음성학/음운론 분야 학술논문에서의 학술어휘 및 전문어휘의 분포: 코퍼스 기반 연구. 『언어과학』 26.1, 95-113. 10.14384/kals.2019.26.1.095
  5. 장세은, 변현정. 2011. 코퍼스를 활용한 해사영어 어휘 분석. 『새한영어영문학』 53.4, 247-268. 10.25151/nkje.2011.53.4.012
  6. 하명호. 2017. 공학영어 어휘 목록 개발. 『언어과학』 24.3, 167-185. 10.14384/kals.2017.24.3.167
  7. 하명호. 2018. 영어교육 어휘 목록 개발: 국내외 학술지 코퍼스 기반 연구. 『영어영문학연구』 60.4, 377-398.
  8. 황성은. 2018. 대학 수학 목적 학습자를 위한 지식 기반 한국어 교육 연구-이른바 ‘범용 학술어휘’의 선정과 교육을 중심으로. 『국제한국어교육학회 춘계학술발표논문집』, 348-363.
  9. Anthony, L. 2014. AntWordProfiler (Version 1.4.1) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University. Available from
  10. Chen, Q. and G. Ge. 2007. A Corpus-based Lexical Study on Frequency and Distribution of Coxhead’s AWL Word Families in Medical Research Articles (RAs). English for Specific Purposes 26.4, 502-514. 10.1016/j.esp.2007.04.003
  11. Chung, T. M. and I. S. P. Nation. 2004. Identifying Technical Vocabulary. System 32.2, 251-263. 10.1016/j.system.2003.11.008
  12. Coxhead, A. 2000. A New Academic Word List. TESOL Quarterly 34.2, 213-238. 10.2307/3587951
  13. Coxhead, A. and I. S. P. Nation. 2001. The Specialized Vocabulary of English for Academic Purposes. In J. Flowerdew and M. Peacock (eds.), Research Perspectives on English for Academic Purposes. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 252-267. 10.1017/CBO9781139524766.020
  14. Coxhead, A. and M. Demecheleer. 2018. Investigating the Technical Vocabulary of Plumbing. English for Specific Purposes 51, 84-97. 10.1016/j.esp.2018.03.006
  15. Hyland, K. and P. Tse. 2007. Is There an “Academic Vocabulary”?. TESOL Quarterly 41.2, 235-253. 10.1002/j.1545-7249.2007.tb00058.x
  16. Hirsh, D. and I. S. P. Nation. 1992. What Vocabulary Size Is Needed to Read Unsimplified Texts for Pleasure. Reading in a Foreign Language 8.2, 689-696.
  17. Li, Y. and D. D. Qian. 2010. Profiling the Academic Word List (AWL) in a Financial Corpus. System 38.3, 402-411. 10.1016/j.system.2010.06.015
  18. Martínez, I. A., S. C. Beck, and C. B. Panza. 2009. Academic Vocabulary in Agriculture Research Articles: A Corpus-based Study. English for Specific Purposes 28.3, 183-198. 10.1016/j.esp.2009.04.003
  19. Masrai, A. and J. Milton. 2018. Measuring the Contribution of Academic and General Vocabulary Knowledge of Learners’ Academic Achievement. Journal of English for Academic Purposes 31, 44-57. 10.1016/j.jeap.2017.12.006
  20. Vongpumivitch, V., J. Huang, and Y. Chang. 2009. Frequency Analysis of the Words in the Academic Word List (AWL) and Non-AWL Content Words in Applied Linguistics Research Papers. English for Specific Purposes 28.1, 33-41. 10.1016/j.esp.2008.08.003
  21. West, M. 1953. A General Service List of English Words. London: Longman.
  • Publisher :The Modern Linguistic Society of Korea
  • Publisher(Ko) :한국현대언어학회
  • Journal Title :The Journal of Studies in Language
  • Journal Title(Ko) :언어연구
  • Volume : 36
  • No :4
  • Pages :487-497