Not so fresh in the mind: a forensic linguistic analysis of suspected memorized narrative essays

Authors

  • Graham Kennedy Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/sll.2003.10.1.75

Keywords:

memorized, CopyCatch, narrative, examinations, metaphors, Chinese

Abstract

The Hong Kong Certificate of Education (HKCE) English Language writing exam is taken by more than 110, 000 fifth-form students every year. The candidates are required to write a narrative, discursive or descriptive essay of approximately 300 words. During the marking process, some 150–200 scripts are usually identified as ‘memorized’ and tagged for special marking. About a third of these are finally assessed as being wholly or partly memorized and are penalized through having the memorized parts disregarded. Until recently, the assessment process has been a wholly subjective and ‘unscientific’ one. Newly developed software, however, has allowed for a swifter and more systematic analysis of such scripts and revealed a previously unsuspected degree of sophistication in the use of memorized material

Published

2003-03-05

How to Cite

Kennedy, G. (2003). Not so fresh in the mind: a forensic linguistic analysis of suspected memorized narrative essays. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 10(1), 75–101. https://doi.org/10.1558/sll.2003.10.1.75

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