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LINGUIST List 20.3007

Tue Sep 08 2009

Qs: EFL Vocabulary Acquisition

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        1.    Robert Easterbrook, EFL Vocabulary Acquisition

Message 1: EFL Vocabulary Acquisition
Date: 03-Sep-2009
From: Robert Easterbrook <u3033076uni.canberra.edu.au>
Subject: EFL Vocabulary Acquisition
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I'm doing research on vocabulary learning in EFL contexts.

Ernesto Macaro (2001) had said that the brain does not store language as it
appears in society outside the brain. By this he meant that language exists
as 'sounds and squiggles' in the socio-cultural context outside the brain,
but not as 'sounds and squiggles' inside the brain. Inside the brain,
language exists as meaning, e.g. ideas and propositions. I have read this
to mean that the L2 learner therefore does not learn vocabulary as such,
merely the meaning of language items.

I have never read this idea anywhere else. Does anyone know anything about
this theory? If so, can someone clarify for me what this really means.


Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Cognitive Science
                            Language Acquisition
                            Linguistic Theories

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