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Title: Lexical Inferencing in a First and Second Language
Subtitle: Cross-linguistic Dimensions
Written By: Marjorie Wesche
Tahereh Sima Paribakht
URL: http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781847692221
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition
Description:

This book presents a comprehensive review of previous research on lexical
inferencing, co-authored by Kirsten Haastrup, and a major new trilingual
study of lexical inferencing by both first (L1) and second language (L2)
readers.

Research since the 1970s on this apparently universal cognitive process in
L2 reading and vocabulary learning is surveyed, including the kinds of
knowledge and textual cues L2 readers use when inferring unknown word
meanings, factors influencing their success and knowledge retention, and
relevant theory.

A comparative study of L1 and L2 lexical inferencing by Persian and French
and English speakers is then presented, focusing on evidence of L1 transfer
in the L2 inferencing process, its success and readers’ gains in L2 word
knowledge. Influences of the specific L1 are distinguished from those of
native versus non-native proficiency, relative cultural familiarity of
texts, readers’ L2 proficiency, text language features and other factors.
The relative typological distance between readers’ L1 and L2 is reflected
in systematic differences between L1 speakers of Persian and French in
their L2 lexical inferencing. Implications are drawn for L2 instruction at
advanced levels.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
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ISBN: 1847692230
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ISBN: 1847692230
ISBN-13: 9781847692238
Pages: 216
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ISBN: 1847692222
ISBN-13: 9781847692221
Pages: 216
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