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Title: Words that second language learners are likely to hear, read, and use
Author: Douglas J. Davidson
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Institution: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Author: Peter Indefrey
Institution: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Author: Marianne Gullberg
Institution: Lund University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Abstract: In the present study, we explore whether multiple data sources may be more effective than single sources at predicting the words that language learners are likely to know. Second language researchers have hypothesized that there is a relationship between word frequency and the likelihood that words will be encountered or used by second language learners, but it is not yet clear how this relationship should be effectively measured. An analysis of word frequency measures showed that spoken language frequency alone may predict the occurrence of words in learner textbooks, but that multiple corpora as well as textbook status can improve predictions of learner usage.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 11, Issue 1.

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