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ERIC Number: EJ776268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0161-1461
Complexities of Expressive Word Learning over Time
McGregor, Karla K.; Sheng, Li; Ball, Tracy
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v38 n4 p353-364 Oct 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine semantic and lexical aspects of word learning over time. Method: Thirty-four 8-year-olds participated in vocabulary lessons for 2 weeks. Frequency of exposure and informativeness of semantic context were manipulated. A definition task assessed semantic learning and a naming task assessed lexical learning. Results: Semantic and lexical knowledge accrued over time and were maintained after a 1-month interval. Higher frequency of exposure had an immediate effect on semantic learning and a more gradual effect on lexical learning. Frequency of exposure coupled with informative context promoted semantic learning. Clinical Implications: Speech-language pathologists should be mindful of the richness of the learning context and the redundancy of massed and distributed exposures. Learning at the semantic and lexical levels can dissociate so both should be addressed. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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