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Lexical richness in the advanced learner’s oral production of French and Italian L2
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
Institutionen för språkdidaktik, Stockholms Universitet.
Institutionen för franska, italienska och klassiska språk, Stockholms Universitet.
2011 (English)In: International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, ISSN 0019-042X, E-ISSN 1613-4141, Vol. 49, no 3, 221-240 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates Swedish learners’ lexical richness in French and Italian

L2. A frequency-based measure was used to compare the lexical richness of

learners at different proficiency levels to that of native speakers. Frequency

bands based on oral L1 data were created for both languages to serve as a

benchmark. For French, the results show that there are differences between two

groups of learners at different proficiency levels concerning lexical richness.

Moreover, the most advanced learners have a lexical profile that is similar to

that of a control group of native speakers, suggesting that these learners are

native-like as far as lexical richness is concerned. The results for Italian also

point at differences between the learner groups. However, the most advanced

group does not reach the degree of lexical richness of the native speakers. The

overall results support earlier proposals of a discriminating capacity of lexical

frequency profiling methods for L2 proficiency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 49, no 3, 221-240 p.
Keyword [en]
lexical richness, lexical profile, L2 French, L2 Italian, oral production, advanced learner
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Linguistics; Romance Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162294DOI: 10.1515/iral.2011.013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-162294DiVA: diva2:460065
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High-level proficiency in second language use
Available from: 2011-11-29 Created: 2011-11-29 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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