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Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada
On-line version ISSN 1984-6398
COSTA, Patrícia da Silva Campelo and REATEGUI, Eliseo Berni. Opportunities of literacy through text mining and fanfiction writing. Rev. bras. linguist. apl. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.4, pp. 835-860. Epub Nov 06, 2012. ISSN 1984-6398. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-63982012005000015.
This work aims at investigating how literacy may be supported by the use of a digital resource which can help the process of reading and writing. Thus, the present work is based on studies by Feldman and Sanger (2006) about text mining, and on research by Black (2007; 2009) about the incorporation of a textual genre characteristic of the Internet (fanfiction) in language learning. Through the use of a text mining resource (Sobek), which promotes the extraction of frequent terms present in a text, the participants of our pilot study created narratives in English as a foreign language (FL), in digital media, and used the mining tool to develop graphs with the recurrent terms found in the story. It was observed that the use of a digital tool supported the text production in the FL, and its following practice of literacy, as the students relied on the mining resource to create their fanfictions.
Keywords : Literacy; fanfiction; text mining.