Educational Linguistics

Lexical Availability in English and Spanish as a Second Language

Editors: Jiménez Catalán, Rosa (Ed.)

  • ​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
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​ 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

Reviews

“It focuses on lexical availability, a common concern of English and Spanish applied linguists nowadays. … a single volume or a collection of articles on lexical availability was not available in the market prior to the appearance of this volume. Therefore, this single volume would serve a newcomer to the field. … the book is not only recommended to Spanish and English FL teachers and researchers, but also to those researchers who know other under-investigated languages.” (Is’haaq Akbarian, IJES International Journal of English Studies, Vol. 15 (2), 2015) 

“The studies presented in this volume offer the reader findings and insights from studies conducted among learners with different mother tongues, who are learning English or Spanish as their second or third language in different countries … . the authors suggest some of the innovations that could be interesting for further studies and disciplines, such as psycholinguistics or vocabulary testing, from which the results of lexical availability investigations could be studied.” (Felipe Jiménez Berrio, Spanish in Context, Vol. 12 (1), 2015)

“This book compiles two different research areas: lexical availability studies, and vocabulary research in second or foreign languages. … it offers an excellent (English-language) resource for any researcher/ teacher wanting to know more about the lexical availability of his/her learners’ receptive and productive lexical competence. … I consider the volume a fascinating resource and one that offers immense potential in exploring lexical availability either in isolation or in combination with vocabulary tests.” (Jonathan Clenton, The Linguist List, February, 2014)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Lexical Availability Studies

    Morales, Humberto López

    Pages 1-11

  • Lexical Availability of Basic and Advanced Semantic Categories in English L1 and English L2

    Campos, Roberto A. Ferreira

    Pages 15-35

  • The Effect of Age on EFL Learners’ Lexical Availability: Word Responses to the Cue Words ‘Town’ and ‘Countryside’

    Jiménez Catalán, Rosa María (et al.)

    Pages 37-51

  • The Incidence of Previous Foreign Language Contact in a Lexical Availability Task: A Study of Senior Learners

    Puerto, Francisco Gallardo (et al.)

    Pages 53-68

  • Lexical Variation in Learners’ Responses to Cue Words: The Effect of Gender

    Pilar Agustín Llach, María (et al.)

    Pages 69-81

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-7158-1
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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-7157-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 14, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0584-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lexical Availability in English and Spanish as a Second Language
Editors
  • Rosa Jiménez Catalán
Series Title
Educational Linguistics
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7158-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7158-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7157-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0584-2
Series ISSN
1572-0292
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 205
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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