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ERIC Number: EJ1072211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1578-7044
Simulating Word Associations in an L2: Approaches to Lexical Organisation
Meara, Paul
International Journal of English Studies, v7 n2 p1-20 2007
This paper describes a set of simulations which explore the way different features of lexical organisation affect the probability of finding a pair of associated words in a set of five randomly selected words. The simulation is equivalent to giving Ss a set of five words and asking if they can identify a pair of associated words among them. The paper speculates that it might be possible to extrapolate from a simple test of this sort and derive some interesting claims about the number of links connecting words in L2 speakers' lexicons.
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Language: English
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