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ERIC Number: ED153466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Discourse-Completion as a Technique for Studying Lexical Features of Interlanguage. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 15.
Levenston, Eddie A.; Blum, Shoshana
After a survey of current methods of studying lexical acquisition, none of which are really suitable for studying how specific words are acquired and used by adult learners and how such usage differs from that of native speakers, a method is proposed for the study of such qualitative aspects of second language lexical acquisition. Learners are required to fill in the blanks in short texts, or "discourses," which as far as possible are so constructed that there is only one lexical item that would be judged an appropriate filler by native speakers. This technique can be tested by means of a questionnaire administered to native speakers. The main advantages of this technique are that it can be used to test specific hypotheses about learners' interlanguage and to compare different populations, including both learners and native speakers. Certain difficulties that arise in item construction and data analysis are also discussed in detail, particularly the problem of limiting both syntactic and situational possibilities, the significance of inappropriate responses, and the wording of questionnaire instructions. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Educational Research, Grammar, Interlanguage, Language Instruction, Language Tests, Language Usage, Learning Theories, Linguistic Theory, Native Speakers, Psycholinguistics, Questionnaires, Second Language Learning, Semantics, Teaching Methods, Test Construction, Vocabulary, Word Study Skills
Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 (as long as supply lasts)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.
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