The Vocabulary of Swedish Grade Eight Science Items in TIMSS 2011.
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This study investigates the Swedish vocabulary used in 8th grade science items in different subjects in TIMSS 2011. 8145 words are compared with three Swedish corpora for written texts representing; a limited vocabulary, a general Swedish vocabulary and the vocabulary used in Swedish school textbooks. 720 different low frequency words are further analysed. 78% are nouns, where most compound–, extra-long– and made-up words are found. These categories and nominalisations are more common in biology and except for made-up words rare in chemistry. Abstract and generalizing nouns are frequent in biology and earth science, concrete nouns in chemistry and physics.
academic language, language of schooling, science education, corpus linguistics, large scale assessment, scientific language, TIMSS, vocabulary
Research subject Curriculum Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-281312OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-281312DiVA: diva2:915907