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A new approach to measuring lexical sophistication in L2 oral production
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
2013 (English)In: L2 vocabulary acquisition, knowledge and use: New perspectives on assessment and corpus analysis / [ed] Camilla Bardel, Christina Lindqvist, Batia Laufer, EuroSla , 2013, p. 109-126Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

The aims of this chapter are a) to give a comprehensive description of a new toolfor lexical profiling by reporting how it was developed, and b) to indicate possibleareas of use and future developments of the tool. The tool has been used for meas-uring the lexical sophistication of Swedish learners of French and Italian. The dif-ferent steps of development have partly been presented in previous studies (Bardel&Lindqvist, 2011; Bardel, Gudmundson & Lindqvist, 2012; Lindqvist, Bardel &Gudmundson, 2011) but are complemented here through a detailed account ofthe tool, in order to enable replication and use of the method with other languages. The outline of this chapter is as follows: first, as a background, we provide a sur-vey of methods designed to measure lexical richness in L2 production. Then wediscuss the inherent differences between written and spoken language and whatthese differences may imply when lexical richness is measured. Next, we presenta new method for analyzing L2 learners’ lexical profiles in oral production data,giving a detailed technical description of the creation of the tool. We then dis-cuss pros and cons with frequency-based measures in general and present oursolutions to some of the problems brought up. Finally, we suggest some poten-tial areas of use and discuss some possible improvements of the method.

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EuroSla , 2013. p. 109-126
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Eurosla Monographs Series ; 2
Keyword [en]
lexical sophistication, L2 vocabulary, advanced L2 learners, French L2, Italian L2
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98174OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98174DiVA, id: diva2:682930
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2013-12-30 Created: 2013-12-30 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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