LINGUIST List 14.167

Fri Jan 17 2003

Diss: Lang Acquisition: Rieder "Beilaeufiger..."

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  1. angelika.rieder, Lang Acquisition: Rieder "Beil�ufiger Vokabelerwerb..."

Message 1: Lang Acquisition: Rieder "Beil�ufiger Vokabelerwerb..."

Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 05:23:16 +0000
From: angelika.rieder <>
Subject: Lang Acquisition: Rieder "Beil�ufiger Vokabelerwerb..."

New Dissertation Abstract

Institution: University of T�bingen
Program: English Department
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2002

Author: Angelika Rieder 

Dissertation Title: 
Beil�ufiger Vokabelerwerb: Theoretische Modelle und empirische Untersuchungen

Dissertation URL:

Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition

Dissertation Director 1: Kurt Kohn
Dissertation Director 2: Hans Bernhard Drubig

Dissertation Abstract: 

This thesis deals with the incidental acquisition of unknown words
while reading foreign language texts, and aims at describing the
various dimensions of this process from a global,
cognitive-constructivist perspective.

The theoretical part presents cognitive models of word meaning and
text meaning, and describes the interaction of these two levels of
knowledge in the text comprehension process. Within this framework,
the process of building up knowledge about word meaning is seen as an
active construction process on the part of the learner. The conditions
for incidental vocabulary acquisition as such result from the
interaction of the respective textual, learner-specific and
situational factors, which determine the degree to which the meaning
of a new word can be specified as well as the actual degree of focus
on this word during the reading process.

In the empirical part, the theoretical investigations are complemented
by results from explorative think-aloud case studies. On the one hand,
the process of specifying word meaning is examined by means of
analysing the learner verbalisations. Insights include characteristic
features and phases of the process as well as specific learner
strategies which are applied. On the other hand, the effects of the
initial conditions and the actual meaning specification process on
vocabulary acquisition are discussed in the light of the results of
unannounced vocabulary post-tests.
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