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Words that second language learners are likely to hear, read, and use

Davidson, Douglas; Indefrey, Peter and Gullberg, Marianne LU (2008) In Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 11(1). p.133-146
Abstract
In the present study, we explore whether multiple data sources may be more effective than single sources at predicting the words that language learners are likely to know. Second language researchers have hypothesized that there is a relationship between word frequency and the likelihood that words will be encountered or used by second language learners, but it is not yet clear how this relationship should be effectively measured. An analysis of word frequency measures showed that spoken language frequency alone may predict the occurrence of words in learner textbooks, but that multiple corpora as well as textbook status can improve predictions of learner usage.
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second language acquisition, word frequency, method, corpus analysis
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Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
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11
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1
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133 - 146
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Cambridge University Press
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1366-7289
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10.1017/S1366728907003264
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English
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  author       = {Davidson, Douglas and Indefrey, Peter and Gullberg, Marianne},
  issn         = {1366-7289},
  keyword      = {second language acquisition,word frequency,method,corpus analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {133--146},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Bilingualism: Language and Cognition},
  title        = {Words that second language learners are likely to hear, read, and use},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1366728907003264},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2008},
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