Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on ChatGPT, April 2024                                     Pp.112-123

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Locating the Intersection of Generative Artificial Intelligence and Human English Writing
Skills: A Comparative Study

 Sadia Ali
Department of English Language and Literature
College of Science and Humanities, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University
Al-Kharj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Received:01/15/2024         Accepted:04/09/2024                 Published: 04/24/2024


This paper offers a multi-dimensional comparative analysis of the linguistic characteristics found in the introduction sections of dissertations produced by ChatGPT and those written by Saudi authors. This research paper aims to analyze the linguistic variation in the introduction part of the dissertations written by Saudi writers compared with the introduction produced by ChatGPT. An extensive analysis of more than 150 linguistic features, including lexico-grammatical structures and semantic nuances, is performed using Multidimensional Analysis Tagger (MAT) tagger. A corpus of dissertation introductions written by Saudi students is compiled and analyzed. Furthermore, a corpus is created that comprises introductions produced by ChatGPT. The study investigates the relationship between language produced by AI and human-written content, revealing unique linguistic preferences. The results indicate ChatGPT is more informational, explicit and less non-narrative and non-argumentative than human-written introductions. There is a significant difference in discourse production on dimension five, as human-written introductions produce abstract and ChatGPT produces non-abstract discourse. The study is significant as it highlights the linguistic differences between the writing styles of ChatGPT and Saudi writers, indicating potential areas of improvement for AI-generated texts.
Keywords: academic writing, artificial intelligence, Chat GPT, human English writing, linguistic features,
Saudi writers 

Cite as:  Ali, A. (2024). Locating the Intersection of Generative Artificial Intelligence and Human English Writing Skills: A Comparative Study.  Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on ChatGPT, April 2024: 112-123.


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Received: 01/15/2024
Accepted: 04/09/2024  
Published: 04/24/2024 

Sadia Ali received her PhD in Linguistics and Literature from Air University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, KSA. Her research interests include linguistic variations, World Englishes, Corpus linguistics, genre studies, and discourse analysis. ORCID: