Lexical richness in the advanced learner’s oral production of French and Italian L2
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
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.
lexical richness, lexical profile, L2 French, L2 Italian, oral production, advanced learner
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject Linguistics; Romance Languages
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162294DOI: 10.1515/iral.2011.013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-162294DiVA: diva2:460065
ProjectsHigh-level proficiency in second language use