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ERIC Number: ED355791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 16
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How Can a Mess Be Fine? Polysemy and Reading in a Foreign Language.
Kang, Hee-Won
Mid-Atlantic Journal of Foreign Language Pedagogy, v1 p35-49 Spr 1993
This article discusses polysemy in terms of foreign language reading and vocabulary development. For some foreign language readers, polysemy can be a major source of difficulty in the comprehension of text, even more so than a lack of vocabulary knowledge. Research with non-native readers of English has indicated that even advanced readers, upon encountering words with multiple meanings, may ascribe previously learned meanings to the words even though those meanings are quite incongruent with the context in which the words are found. This often results in strange interpretations that are inconsistent with the rest of the story. Pedagogical implications of polysemy in regards to the interrelationships between reading and vocabulary development are discussed. The strengths and weaknesses of various vocabulary development activities, such as activities to sensitize learners to common concepts underlying different polysemous meanings of a particular word, are outlined. In conclusion, the article stresses the importance of helping the learner learn ways to develop not only a breadth but also a depth of vocabulary knowledge, as well as further development of the learner's cognitive and metacognitive reading skills so that the language learner will be better prepared to deal with the problems of polysemy when reading in a foreign language. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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