"Lexical Development in Early Second Language Learners "


Angela Chouinard '11

Faculty Mentor

Ruth Tincoff 


This research examines the relationship between knowledge of derivational morphology and vocabulary acquisition in beginning adult second language learners.  Knowledge of derivational morphology was tested through the use of a forced-choice translation task. Lexical development was measured by priming second language responses through direct translation and conceptual (picture) primes, which are representative of the formal and first language lemma mediation stages of Jiang's (2000) theory of lexical development.  The results support the existence of a relationship between knowledge of derivational morphology and acquisition of second language vocabulary.  Theoretical and applied implications are discussed.

Presented at the 10th Annual Kalman Research Symposium, Bucknell University, March 29, 2011



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