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Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language


Yongyan Zheng

The Dynamic Systems Theory perspective offers new lenses to probe into long-term foreign language development. This book reports on findings of a longitudinal multiple-case study on the vocabulary development of eight university-level Chinese learners of English. Framed within the Dynamic Systems framework, the study assumes a holistic perspective towards vocabulary knowledge and aims to project a comprehensive picture of vocabulary development in a typical foreign language learning setting such as the Chinese context. To this end, a wide array of quantitative measurements and qualitative methods was employed. In-depth examination was given to both psycholinguistic and sociocultural processes involved in the complex and dynamic development of vocabulary knowledge. Efforts were also made to establish meaningful links between the learners’ cognitive, mental, pedagogical and social contexts. Although the focus is on vocabulary development, what is discussed in the book is applicable to a wide range of topics in foreign language learning and development.


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Appendix I Vocabulary Depth Test(VDT) 247


247 Appendix I Vocabulary Depth Test (VDT) 䇽≷␡ᓖ⍻䈅ġ 䈤᰾˖䘉ᱟа亩ޣҾ䇽≷␡ᓖⲴ⍻䈅DŽަѝঅ䇽䜭ᱟᑨ⭘㤡䈝ᖒᇩ䇽DŽ൘⇿䚃 仈лˈᛘሶⴻ㿱⭡唁㓯࠶䳄Ⲵᐖਣє㓴䘹亩DŽֻྲ˖ sudden beautiful quick surprising thirsty change doctor noise school ᐖਣє㓴䘹亩ѝ਴ᴹഋњ䘹亩༷䘹DŽ䈧Ӿ䘉ޛњ༷䘹亩ѝ䘹ࠪഋњ↓⺞ㆄṸDŽ ᐖ䗩а㓴Ⲵ䘹亩ਟԕ⭘ᶕ䀓䟺অ䇽 Āsudden”Ⲵ᜿ѹˈਟԕᱟĀsuddenā Ⲵ਼ѹ䇽ǃ䘁ѹ䇽ᡆ㘵ᱟᆳⲴ᜿ѹѝ Ⲵа䜘࠶DŽ ਣ䗩а㓴Ⲵ䘹亩൷Ѫ਽䇽ˈަѝᴹ Ӌঅ䇽ਟԕоĀsuddenāᩝ䝽㓴ᡀ㤡 䈝ѝᑨ⭘Ⲵ⸝䈝ᡆਕᆀˈቡᱟᑨ䈤 ⲴĀപᇊᩝ䝽āDŽ “Sudden” Ⲵ䟺ѹѪĀhappening quick- ly and unexpectedly”, ᡰԕ䘹亩ѝⲴ Ā quick ā , “surprising” ᱟ व ਜ਼ ൘ ĀsuddenāⲴ᜿ᙍѻѝⲴDŽ ൘ 㤡 䈝 ѝ ˈ а 㡜 ⋑ ᴹ Ā sudden doctorāᡆ㘵Āsudden schoolāⲴ䈤 ⌅DŽնᱟ㓿ᑨ㜭ੜࡠᡆⴻࡠĀsudden changeāоĀ sudden noiseāⲴ䈤 ⌅ˈҏቡᱟ䈤Ā suddenāਟԕо ĀchangeāоĀnoiseā㓴ᡀᑨ⭘Ⲵ പᇊᩝ䝽DŽ สҾԕкḷ߶ˈ䈧Ӿᐖਣє㓴䘹亩ѝ䘹ࠪ֐䇔Ѫоᡰࡇᖒᇩ䇽⴨ޣⲴঅ䇽˄㿱 ֻᆀѝⲴĀsuddenā˅ˈ൘ㆄṸࡽᢃमণਟDŽቡԕкֻᆀ㘼䀰˖ sudden beau-tiful ¥ quick ¥surprising thirsty ¥ change doctor ¥ noise school 䈧⌘᜿˖൘ֻᆀᖃѝˈᐖਣє㓴ѝ਴ᴹєњ↓⺞ㆄṸˈն䘉ᒦнԓ㺘ᡰᴹ仈ⴞ ѝⲴㆄṸ䜭ᱟӾᐖਣє㓴ѝ਴䘹єњDŽԕлй⿽ᛵߥ൷ᴹਟ㜭˖ 1ǃᐖ䗩ањ↓⺞ㆄṸˈਣ䗩йњ↓⺞ㆄṸ 2ǃᐖ䗩єњ↓⺞ㆄṸˈਣ䗩єњ↓⺞ㆄṸ 3ǃᐖ䗩йњ↓⺞ㆄṸˈਣ䗩ањ↓⺞ㆄṸDŽ ᨀ⽪˖⇿䚃仈䜭ᴹഋњ↓⺞ㆄṸˈ䈧ቭ䟿ޘ䜘䘹ࠪDŽᐖਣє㓴ѝ㠣ቁՊᴹањ ↓⺞ㆄṸDŽ This is a test of how well you know the meaning of ADJECTIVES that are commonly used in English. Each item looks like this: sudden beautiful quick surprising thirsty change doctor noise school There are eight words in the two boxes (left & right boxes separated by the think black line). The words here on the left box may help to explain the meaning of “sud- den”. The words here on the right box are nouns that may come after “sudden” in a phrase or a sentence. “Sudden” means “happening quickly and unexpectedly”, so the correct an- swers on the left side “quick” and “sur- prising”. In English, we do not normally say “a sudden doctor” or “a sudden school”, but we often say “a sudden change” and “a sudden noise”, so “change” and “noise” are the correct answers in this box. From the two boxes, select four words that you think are relevant to the stimulus word (i.e., “sudden’ in this example), according to the criteria mentioned above. Please shadow the answers like this: sudden beautiful ¥ quick ¥surprising thirsty ¥ change doctor ¥ noise school NOTE: In this example, there are two correct answers on the left and two on...

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