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ERIC Number: EJ816913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Different Types of Word Links in the Mental Lexicon
Zhang, Baoguo
College Student Journal, v42 n2 p431-439 Jun 2008
This essay mainly discusses the following issue: Do people from different cultures store English words in their minds in different ways; and what elements determine people's mental lexicon? The findings from my experiment showed that cultural factors only play a minor role on this stage. The leading dominants in this light are the linguistic elements such as the phonological structure, the syntactic category, the morphological structure, and the presence of semantically related words as Carroll has pointed out. Further, I discovered in my studies the participants from China (Mainland) responded to the prompt words more syntagmatically, which indicates that they seem to be ignorant of lexical knowledge. In this light, this essay presents solutions to make ESL learners in or from China aware of the word knowledge such as semantic relations in their mental lexicon. It is hoped that this exploration will be of some help to them with their vocabulary improvement. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; China; Idaho; India; Japan; Nepal; South America