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ERIC Number: EJ887892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
Words as Species: An Alternative Approach to Estimating Productive Vocabulary Size
Meara, Paul M.; Alcoy, Juan Carlos Olmos
Reading in a Foreign Language, v22 n1 p222-236 Apr 2010
This paper addresses the issue of how we might be able to assess productive vocabulary size in second language learners. It discusses some previous attempts to develop measures of this sort, and argues that a fresh approach is needed in order to overcome some persistent problems that dog research in this area. The paper argues that there might be some similarities between assessing productive vocabularies--where many of the words known by learners do not actually appear in the material we can extract them from--and counting animals in the natural environment. If this is so, then there might be a case for adapting the capture-recapture methods developed by ecologists to measure animal populations. The paper reports a preliminary attempt to develop this analogy. (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 - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom