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Developing a lexical profiler for spoken French and Italian L2: The role of frequency, cognates and thematic vocabulary
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5615-3688
2011 (English)In: EUROSLA Yearbook, ISSN 1568-1491, E-ISSN 1569-9749, Vol. 11, p. 75-93Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study is a follow-up to Lindqvist et al. (to press), where we investigated lexical frequency profiles of learners of French and Italian at different proficiency levels. By analyzing the proportion of low-frequency words used by the learners, we could distinguish proficiency levels that differ significantly at group level and correspond to morphosyntactic proficiency levels. However, some individual results within the groups indicated a need to analyze individual profiles in order to get a better picture of the actual quality of the learner’s vocabulary knowledge. The present study focuses on thematic vocabulary and cognates among the low-frequency words used by learners at different proficiency levels. We suggest that investigating qualitative aspects of learners’ word knowledge is a fruitful complement to traditional lexical profiling analysis. Such a combination can lead to a more complete picture of learners’ lexical profiles. Although we are aware that word frequency is known to be a powerful factor in vocabulary acquisition, our on-going research aims at developing a more general lexical profiler that integrates additional aspects that we have found to be relevant for learnability.

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2011. Vol. 11, p. 75-93
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155831DOI: 10.1075/eurosla.11.06barOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155831DiVA, id: diva2:1202622
Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-11-14Bibliographically approved

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