Coverage-based Frequency Bands: A Proposal Dale Brown Kanazawa University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v06.2.Brown Download this article (pdf) Abstract Second language vocabulary research makes much use of word frequency lists and their division into bands. In recent years, bands of 1,000 items have become conventional. However, there does not seem to be any firm basis or rationale for …

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i-lex v1 and v2: An Improved Method of Assessing L2 Learner Ability to See Connections between Words? Ian Munby Hokkai Gakuen University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v06.1.Munby Download this article (pdf) Abstract Knowing a word’s associations is considered an aspect of word knowledge. It follows that L2 learner ability to see connections between words may improve with gains …

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Profiling Lexical Diversity in College-level Writing Melanie C. González Salem State University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v06.1.Gonzalez Download this article (pdf) Abstract The present paper reports on a study that examined the contribution of lexical frequency to lexical diversity in narrative texts composed by 119 multilingual and monolingual English-speaking students enrolled in first-year college writing courses. The Measure …

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The Use of Psycholinguistic Formulaic Language in the Speech of Higher Level Japanese Speakers of English Stephen F. Cutler Cardiff University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v06.1.Cutler Download this article (pdf) Abstract A recent study by Cordier (2013) suggests that psycholinguistic formulaic sequences (multiword units that present a processing advantage to the individual speaker) may be more prevalent in …

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Responding to Research Challenges Related to Studying L2 Collocational Use in Professional Academic Discourse Birgit Henriksen and Pete Westbrook University of Copenhagen doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v06.1.Henriksen Download this article (pdf) Abstract This study describes the English collocational use of non-native university teachers from two different disciplines lecturing in an Englishmedium instruction context at the University of Copenhagen …

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The Impact of Semantic Clustering on the Learning of Abstract Words Tomoko Ishii Meiji Gakuin University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v06.1.Ishii Download this article (pdf) Abstract It has been repeatedly argued among vocabulary researchers that semantically related words should not be taught simultaneously because they might interfere with each other. However, the types of relatedness that cause interference …

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The Impact of Learner-Related Variables on Second Language Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition through Listening Sarvenaz Hatami California State University Long Beach doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v06.1.Hatami Download this article (pdf) Abstract Little is known about the complex process of L2 incidental vocabulary acquisition from listening and the factors that contribute to its success. To expand our knowledge in this …

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Report: Report on Vocab@Tokyo, September 12-14, 2016 Rob Waring Notre Dame Seishin University Download this article (pdf) Introduction Vocab@Tokyo-an international conference on vocabulary acquisition and learning! was held at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo from September 12-14, 2016. The conference organizers, most of whom were present at the very excellent Vocab@Vic Conference in Wellington, New …

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Commentary: ‘‘I Don’t Know’’ Use and Guessing on the Bilingual Japanese Vocabulary Size Test: Clarifications and Limitations Kurtis McDonald (a) and Mayumi Asaba (b) (a) Kobe College; (b) Kwansei Gakuin University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v05.1.mcdonald.asaba Download this article (pdf) Abstract This paper offers a response to Hutchinson’s comments on our preliminary report of ‘‘I don’t know’’ use …

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Book Review: Tools for Researching Vocabulary P.M. Meara & I. Miralpeix (2017) Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters (280 pages) ISBN: 978-1-78309-645-9 Review by Jon Clenton Hiroshima University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v05.1.clenton Download this article (pdf) Abstract Paul Meara is a genius. This book demonstrates it. This hugely impressive work presents 11 chapters, each describing a utility designed to …

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