ERIC Number: ED041266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Lexical Availability; A New Aspect of the Lexical Availability of Secondary School Children.
Dimitrijevic, Naum R.
Analyzing the studies of the vocabulary of children, it was found that one aspect of vocabulary has not been studied in Great Britain--the availability of words. The main aim of the investigation described here was to find out the availability of the basic words from 11 centers of interest. As the length of time allotted to each center of interest was the same for all the informants and all centers, it was possible to analyze at the same time the number of words selected by boys, by girls, by pupils in senior (SSS) and junior (JSS) secondary schools in each center separately, and in comparison with one another. Some of the results showed that SSS pupils, both boys and girls, produced more different lexical items in five centers of interest than JSS pupils. The differences between pupils from the two types of school are much greater than sex differences, but only in respect to the total output of lexical items. SSS pupils were much more productive in the total number of lexical items produced. In the quantitative analysis, boys were more productive than girls in the total output of lexical items and in the number of different words given. Other results of the tests are indicated and discussed. A textual explanation of the program for the computation of the lexical items, by J. Nimmo, a bibliography, and lists of words are included in this publication. (AMM)
Descriptors: English, Lexicology, Secondary School Students, Sex Differences, Verbal Tests, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development, Word Lists
Julius Groos Verlag, Gaisbergstr. 6, 6900 Heidelberg, Germany ($6.74)
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Sponsor: British Council, London (England).
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