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Explorations in Second Language Vocabulary Research


David Hirsh

Reflecting current understanding of vocabulary as a multifaceted construct, this edited volume presents a collection of qualitative and quantitative studies which shed light on key theoretical concepts associated with learning and using vocabulary in second language contexts. Themes explored in the volume include the concept of partial vocabulary knowledge, the relationship between reading ability and vocabulary knowledge, the specialised vocabulary of high school science, morphological and orthographical components of word learning, the impact of word aspects on difficulty of learning, the nature of affix knowledge, and early speech development. The findings presented in the volume contribute to our growing and deepening appreciation of the contribution of vocabulary knowledge to learning and using language in second language contexts.

David Hirsh: Introduction – Hua Flora Zhong: Partial Vocabulary Knowledge of Young English as Foreign Language Learners – Xuan Wang: How Is Vocabulary Knowledge Related to Reading Ability in a Second Language Context? – Warren Matsuok/David Hirsh: The Specialised Vocabulary of High School Science –Chen-Chun Lin: Metalinguistic Knowledge of Morphology and Orthography in L2 Word Learning – Hua Flora Zhong/David Hirsh: Difficulty Level of Word Aspects: An Exploratory Study of Development Hierarchy of Vocabulary Acquisition – Apisak Sukying: Investigating Receptive and Productive Affix Knowledge in EFL Learners – Yuko Yamashita: Experts on Language Learning: The Shaping of Children’s Speech Development During the First Two Years of Life Through Universal and Language-specific Characteristics – Notes on Contributors