Vocabulary and Writing in a First and Second Language Processes and Development

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This book presents a cross-sectional study investigating a group of learners of English with respect to their declarative lexical knowledge and their processes in lexical inferencing and writing in both a first and second language.

Author Biography

DORTE ALBRECHTSEN is Associate Professor in English at the University of Copenhagen. KIRSTEN HAASTRUP is Research Professor in Foreign Language Ecuation at Copenhagen Business School. BIRGIT HENRIKSEN is Associate Professor in English Language at the University of Copenhagen.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. viii
List of Figuresp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
What is this book about?p. 1
The linguistic situation and educational setting in Denmarkp. 3
Focus of the studyp. 5
Informantsp. 6
Introspective methodsp. 9
Tasksp. 10
The data collection procedurep. 11
Theoretical framework and key constructsp. 13
Research questionsp. 18
How this book is organizedp. 18
Declarative Lexical Knowledgep. 22
Zooming in on learners' lexical competencep. 22
Lexical competence - with a focus on network knowledgep. 26
Different ways of investigating lexical network knowledgep. 32
Investigating the learners' network knowledgep. 39
Looking at the informants' vocabulary sizep. 57
Correlations between the lexical measuresp. 61
Concluding remarksp. 62
Lexical Inferencing Procedures in Two Languagesp. 67
Situating the study within the field of lexical inferencing researchp. 68
The lexical inferencing studyp. 72
Resultsp. 91
Discussionp. 97
Perspectives on research design and teachingp. 108
Writing in Two Languagesp. 112
Previous researchp. 114
Theoretical backgroundp. 117
The studyp. 120
A qualitative analysis of the verbalizations of three informantsp. 143
Discussion and implicationsp. 153
Lexical Knowledge, Lexical Inferencing and Writingp. 160
Bringing the three studies togetherp. 161
Correlations across the studiesp. 163
Learner profilesp. 172
Summary and discussion of main findingsp. 190
Implications for Research and Instructionp. 195
Research implicationsp. 195
Perspectives on instructionp. 198
Appendicesp. 203
Statisticsp. 203
Description of the statistical proceduresp. 203
Statistical details for Chapter 4p. 203
Description of response types in the word association datap. 206
Lexical inferencingp. 207
Think-aloud instructionsp. 207
The L2 lexical inferencing taskp. 208
Description of the interscorer procedure for lexical inferencingp. 209
Writingp. 210
Writing promptsp. 210
Transcription conventions for verbal protocols in the writing studyp. 211
Interscorer reliability for the analysis of the verbal protocols and for the assessment of the essaysp. 211
Referencesp. 213
Indexp. 222
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