VLI 5(1): Morimoto (2016)

A Lexical Network Approach to the Acquisition of English Verbs of Memory: The Case of Japanese Learners
Shun Morimoto
Tokiwa University
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v05.1.morimoto
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The present study investigated the acquisition of L2 English memory
verbs, memorize, remember, and recall, by Japanese learners within the
framework of a lexical network. In the fields of psychology and cognitive
science, the human memory has been conceptualized as consisting of
three cognitive phases, namely input, retention, and output. In English,
memorize and recall are used for the input and the output phases,
respectively, while remember can be used across the three phases. In order
to investigate the extent to which Japanese learners of English can
appropriately make differential use of these verbs in relation to the above
cognitive phases, a test called ‘‘the Memory Verb Acceptability Judgment
Test’’ was administered on 173 Japanese university students grouped into
three proficiency levels. The results showed that while they were able to
accept memorize and recall with high accuracy for the input and the output
phases, respectively, they tended to accept remember primarily for the
retention phase, failing to fully accept it in the remaining two phases. This
tendency was observed even among those learners whose average length of
stay in English-speaking countries was 5 years. It was also revealed that
basic-level learners tended to over-generalize memorize for the retention
phase. Based on the overall results, theoretical and pedagogical implications
of the lexical network approach are discussed.

Morimoto, S. (2016). A lexical network approach to the acquisition of English verbs of memory: The case of Japanese learners. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, 5 (1), 1-17. doi: 10.7820/vli.v05.1.morimoto