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Education & Language | Lexical Availability in English and Spanish as a Second Language

Lexical Availability in English and Spanish as a Second Language

Series: Educational Linguistics, Vol. 17

Jimenez Catalan, Rosa Maria (Ed.)

2014, XIV, 205 p. 25 illus., 11 illus. in color.

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  • ​A timely volume on lexical availability in learners of English or Spanish as a second or third language
  • Integrates studies on lexical availability in two of the world's most widely spoken languages
  • Using original data from learners of English or Spanish in Chile, Great Britain, Poland, Slovenia, and Spain

This volume contributes to the research in two different research areas: lexical availability studies and vocabulary research in second or foreign languages. Lexical availability is defined as the words that immediately come to mind as a response to a stimulus provided by topics related to domains closely connected to daily life: for instance animals, food and drink, daily activities, politics, or poverty. Lexical availability is a dimension of learners’ receptive and productive lexical competence, and, consequently, an important variable of learners’ communicative competence.  Written by leading researchers in Spanish and English applied linguistics, the studies presented in this volume offer the reader findings and insights from studies conducted in learners with different mother tongues, who learn English or Spanish as their second or third language.

This book made me aware of an approach to vocabulary acquisition which has a long tradition in European research, but has been somewhat neglected by English-speaking researchers. The methodology was pioneered in France where it developed into the Francais Fondamental project - an influential approach to the vocabulary needs of learners of French. It was also taken up by Spanish researchers, and more recently developed by the team at La Rioja University.

Where English-language research has focused on the frequency of words in large corpora and the implications of this feature for L2 vocabulary acquisition, the lexical availability tradition takes a much more learner-centred approach to L2 vocabulary skills, directly reflecting learners' needs and learners' ability to do things with small, effective vocabularies. This leads to a set of research priorities that look refreshingly different from the ones we are used to.

Read this book. It might change the way you think about vocabulary research. Paul Meara, Swansea University, Wales, UK

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Cognitive factors of lexical availability in second language - EFL learners' lexical availability - L2 instruction spanish - Polish Spanish learners' lexical availability - language proficiency english - lexical availability - lexical availability learners of spanish - lexical variation - tertiary level learners english

Related subjects » Education & Language - Linguistics

Table of contents 

Preface .- 1. Lexical Availability Studies, Humberto López Morales .- Part I . 2. Lexical Availability of Basic and Advanced Semantic Categories in English L1 and English L2, Roberto A. Ferreira and Max Echeverría .- 3. The Effect of Age on EFL Learners’ Lexical Availability: Word Responses to the Cue Words ‘Town’ and ‘Countryside’, Rosa Mª Jiménez Catalán, Mª Pilar Agustín Llach, Almudena Fernández Fontecha, and Andrés Canga Alonso .- 4. The Incidence of Previous Foreign Language Contact in a Lexical Availability Task. A Study of Senior Learners, Francisco Gallardo del Puerto and María Martínez Adrián .- 5. Lexical Variation in Learners’ Responses to Cue Words: The Effect of Gender, Mª Pilar Agustín Llach and Almudena Fernández Fontecha .- 6. Frequency Profiles of EFL Learners’ Lexical Availability, Rosa Mª Jiménez Catalán and Tess Fitzpatrick .- Part II . 7. The Relationship of Language Proficiency to the Lexical Availability of Learners of Spanish, Marta Samper-Hernández .- 8. Slovene Students’ Lexical Availability in English and Spanish, Marjana Šifrar Kalan .- 9. The Effect of Instruction on Polish Spanish Learners’ Lexical Availability, Antonio María López .- 10. Cognitive Factors of Lexical Availability in a Second Language, Natividad Hernández, Cristina Izura and Carmela Tomé .- Conclusion .- 11. Researching Lexical Availability in L2: some Methodological Issues, Marta Samper-Hernández and Rosa Mª Jiménez Catalán

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