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ERIC Number: EJ887890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
Using Glossaries to Increase the Lexical Coverage of Television Programs
Webb, Stuart
Reading in a Foreign Language, v22 n1 p201-221 Apr 2010
This study examined the extent to which glossaries may affect the percentage of known words (coverage) in television programs. The transcripts of 51 episodes of 2 television programs ("House" and "Grey's Anatomy") were analyzed using Range (Heatley, Nation, & Coxhead, 2002) to create glossaries consisting of the low-frequency (less frequent than the 3,000 word level) word families that were encountered 10 or more times in each program. The results showed that coverage of the glossaries was 1.31% for "Grey's Anatomy" and 2.26% for "House". This was greater than coverage of the 3,001-4,000 most frequent word families in both programs. The cumulative coverage including the glossaries at the 3,000 word level increased to 96.00% for "House" and 97.20% for "Grey's Anatomy". The findings indicate that glossaries have the potential to improve comprehension of television programs. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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