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ERIC Number: EJ1033461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
A Corpus-Based Assessment of French CEFR Lexical Content
Kusseling, Françoise; Lonsdale, Deryle
Canadian Modern Language Review, v69 n4 p436-461 Nov 2013
The French CEFR vocabulary profiles as presented in the "Référentiels"--while a valuable resource for a wide range of applications focused on lexical content--result from introspection, intuition-based judgements, and unquantifiable experience. The result is a specification of vocabulary that has been largely untested from a corpus-based, empirical perspective. In contrast, the English profiles were corpus-derived using current computational practices by English Profile, an ongoing project. In this article we summarize our evaluation of the French profiles by comparing their content with two sizable contemporary corpora and derived artifacts. We quantify the vocabulary overlap and uniqueness across all three of these resources. This leads us to make recommendations about possible ways of refining French CEFR vocabulary content by retaining, adding, and removing vocabulary items.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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