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Thu May 21 2020

FYI: Call for Papers on Spanish Lexical Development

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 19-May-2020
From: Irene Checa-Garcia <>
Subject: Call for Papers on Spanish Lexical Development
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Call for contributions to an edited volume: Current Perspectives in Spanish Lexical Development

Irene Checa-Garcia (University of Wyoming)
Laura Marqués-Pascual (University of California, Santa Barbara)

The study of the acquisition of a second language (L2) has focused on every possible area of the linguistic sign and its meaning and context, from phonetics to syntax to pragmatics, among others. There is one aspect, however that, despite being central to communication and hence to L2 learning, has been devoted proportionally less attention than other aspects: the lexicon. Its vastness and complexity are partly behind this partial omission. However, new quantitative methodology and the development of corpus and experimental linguistics tools has meant that researching lexical comprehension and production is now more accessible. While several online tools and data sets are available in English (Coh-metrix, CELEX) and a few other languages, the development of resources for research and empirical research itself is still lacking in Spanish.

This volume aims to bring together original empirical research and possible methodologies that examine the lexical development in Spanish in different populations and learning and acquisition contexts. In doing so, the volume attempts to offer an overview of what has been done and what needs to be done given the results obtained. A diversity of contributions are welcome, but we specially encourage empirical and quantitative proposals that deal with the following topics applied to the Spanish language:

Measures of lexical development and their validities (e.g. construct, reliability, conceptual, etc.)
Effect of L1 lexical development on L2 lexical development
Comparisons of methodologies for teaching L2 lexicons
Comparisons of learning contexts for L1 or L2 lexicon acquisition
Comparisons of lexical richness measurements
Comparisons of different groups of speakers and their lexical development (eg. Native speakers, Heritage Language Learners, L2 Learners, etc.)
Sociolinguistic factors influencing lexical development in L1 or/and L2
Lexical typology and L2 lexicon acquisition
Cross-linguistic contact effects on the lexicon
Interface between lexical development and other aspects of linguistic development (e.g. morphological, syntactic, pragmatic, etc.)
Acquisition of collocations and multiword expressions
Communication disorders and vocabulary development in L1 or L2


Abstracts due to editors: June 15, 2020
Notification to contributors of acceptance: July 5, 2020
Submission of completed accepted chapters: March/April 2021

Submission of Proposals:

Please send proposals by email with subject field “Spanish lexical development volume” to by June 15th. It may be attached as either a .doc, .odt or PDF document.

Your submission should include:

1. Proposed title
2. Abstract of research project of one page single space (400 to 500 words) that includes:
a) Motivation for the research project and importance;
b) Research questions and hypotheses;
c) Brief description of methodology;
d) Preliminary results/observations;
e) Implications (methodological, theoretical or applied) for the study of lexical development in Spanish

3. Key references for the abstract if needed
4. Estimated length of the completed chapter (in words)
5. Name and affiliation
6. Contact e-mail address
7. Brief professional data with the information that could be relevant to connect your expertise to the volume topic (50-100 words max)

Please feel free to contact any of the editors with any questions regarding this call for contributions:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

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