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ERIC Number: EJ926367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
A Primer on the General Service List
Gilner, Leah
Reading in a Foreign Language, v23 n1 p65-83 Apr 2011
This paper aims to be an introduction to the General Service List (GSL) that brings together descriptive data with material otherwise dispersed throughout the literature. The discussion first provides an historical overview of the work that scholars, researchers, and educators used as foundations for the manufacturing of the GSL. Following, a collection of modern studies is presented in an effort to critically assess the contents and intent of the GSL. In this manner, the paper attempts to provide comprehensive information on the manufacture, content, characteristics, and analyses of the GSL that can serve to inform those interested in the GSL, in particular, and the compilation and assessment of new word-lists, in general. (Contains 4 tables.)
Reading in a Foreign Language. National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1859 East-West Road #106, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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