ERIC Number: ED276314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
On the Acquisition of Vocabulary in Immigrant Swedish.
A study of the acquisition of Swedish vocabulary by adult immigrants examined both the kinds and contexts of words learned. It found that simple and common words form the bulk of the vocabulary learned, and that frequency of input, complexity of input, and communicative need guide the learning process. Frequency refers to the frequency of both target language words and words in situations where the learner usually interacts linguistically. Complexity may be the words' similarity to native language words, word length, semantic complexity, or degree of concreteness or abstractness. Communicative need might be for words connected to the situation in which the learner uses the target language, words expressing emotions and attitudes, or form words. The investigation found three strategies of word learning: the learning of whole "chunks," the learning of words occurring in certain contexts, and copying. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Psycholinguistics and Foreign Language Learning. Papers from a conference (Stockholm, Sweden and Abo, Finland, October 25-26, 1982); see FL 016 291.