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ERIC Number: EJ787911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
Words that Second Language Learners Are Likely to Hear, Read, and Use
Davidson, Douglas J.; Indefrey, Peter; Gullberg, Marianne
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v11 n1 p133-146 Mar 2008
In the present study, we explore whether multiple data sources may be more effective than single sources at predicting the words that language learners are likely to know. Second language researchers have hypothesized that there is a relationship between word frequency and the likelihood that words will be encountered or used by second language learners, but it is not yet clear how this relationship should be effectively measured. An analysis of word frequency measures showed that spoken language frequency alone may predict the occurrence of words in learner textbooks, but that multiple corpora as well as textbook status can improve predictions of learner usage.
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Language: English
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