LINGUIST List 14.2920

Fri Oct 24 2003

Qs: Linguistic Survey; L2 Vocabulary Learning

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  1. Don E. Walicek, Query
  2. Veit Reuer, Visualization and Language Learning

Message 1: Query

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 07:02:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: Don E. Walicek <>
Subject: Query

Dear Linguist List Subscribers-

I am looking for volunteers to take a short survey. 
It should take about 5 minutes. In the survey you are
asked to imagine a student or junior colleague asking 
you a few questions.

The survey is directed at two groups of people: those
who teach linguistics (and closely related subjects)
and those who study linguistics (and closely related
subjects) at the graduate level. 

If you are willing to participate please contact me
directly at I will email the
survey to you. 

Your answers will remain confidential.

Thank you.

Don Walicek

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Message 2: Visualization and Language Learning

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 10:52:30 +0000
From: Veit Reuer <>
Subject: Visualization and Language Learning

I am interested in the combination of methods of ''knowledge mapping''
such as concept maps and language learning.

On the WWW I found a few remarks about the use of e.g. WordNet
(''inspired by current psycholinguistic theories of human lexical
memory'') in language learning/teaching and there is software such as
the ''visual thesaurus'' ( I was wondering if
this kind of visualization of lexical knowledge might support the
acquisition of vocabulary better than databases such as ELDIT
( with their
classic presentation of information. Has there been any
(psycholinguistic) research on the effectiveness of these tools in
language learning/teaching?

The only article I am aware of is: Bahr, G. S., & Dansereau,
D. F. (2001). Bilingual knowledge maps (BiK-Maps) in second language
vocabulary learning. Journal of Experimental Education
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