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ERIC Number: EJ1220858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1578-7044
Making a "Little" Go a Long Way: A Corpus-Based Analysis of a High-Frequency Word and Some Pedagogical Implications for Young Spanish Learners
Labrador de la Cruz, Belén
International Journal of English Studies, v19 n1 p1-20 2019
This study explores the different uses of the word "little," its equivalents in Spanish and its teaching to young Spanish learners. First, it aims at analyzing the lexico-grammatical behavior of "little" in a corpus of children's short stories, where its prevailing use, preceding countable nouns, has been found to be much more frequent than in other domains and registers. A contrastive study follows, which examines how "little" has been translated in an English-Spanish parallel corpus; the results show that diminutives constitute an important equivalent. Finally, some didactic implications are proposed, with the application of corpus-based findings to the teaching of English to young Spanish learners from an approach that combines lexical syllabi and story-based methodologies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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