ERIC Number: ED363128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Making the Right Connections: Vocabulary Learning and the Mental Lexicon.
Hall, Christopher J.
The nature of the cognitive representations and processes involved in vocabulary learning has received little attention in the psycholinguistics and second language literature. This paper addresses the problem by proposing a model of the second-language Mental Lexicon (ML2) and the processes that construct it, as an extension of the model of the L1 Mental Lexicon (ML1) developed in Hall (1992). In this view, the Mental Lexicon is conceived as a submodule of the language faculty, serving comprehension and production as part of a Fodorian 'input' and output' system (Fodor, 1983). It is hypothesized that the ML2 is 'parasitic' on the ML1, with not separate existence: learners automatically seek to incorporate L2 lexical input into the existing ML1 framework, directed by a 'parasitic strategy' that ensures the simplest connections between L1 and L2 representations. (Contains 35 references.) (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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