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Volume 4 Number 2, Summer 2007, Pages 1-142   


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Lexical Collocations in EFL Writing

    Mohammed Farghal and Mashael Al-Hamly


The present study deals with collocations as a challenging feature of foreign language learning and as an integral component of communicative competence. It examines lexical collocations in Kuwait University EFL learners' essay writing. The learner database consists of a 100 essays written as final examinations for ENG 208 (Essay Writing). Collocational errors are first examined in terms of head type and collocator vs. collocate orientation. Then they are discussed in light of their etiology, i.e. whether they are the output of L1 interference or creative construction.

Keywords: communicative competence, lexical collocation, writing