VLI 5(1): Clenton (2016)

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
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Paul Meara is a genius. This book demonstrates it. This hugely impressive
work presents 11 chapters, each describing a utility designed to explore an aspect or
aspects of vocabulary knowledge. The book is a tour de force, comprising six
sections, serving to demonstrate the humongous achievement of Paul Meara’s
contribution to the field. The book is accessible to all, but of course ideally suited
to vocabulary researchers (from undergraduate to postgraduate). Meara and
Miralpeix’s volume presents each chapter in the same format, in short: a brief
introduction to the program or tool under review, a description of where to access
it, how to use it, screenshots, a published paper that uses the program, a reflection
relating to where we are now, and a set of questions for readers to follow up on.
What follows is a brief description of each of these chapters, presented under each
of their section headings.

Clenton, J. (2016). [Review of Tools for researching vocabulary, by P.M. Meara & I. Miralpeix]. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, 5 (1), 29-33. doi: 10.7820/vli.v05.1.clenton