Lexical Facility

Size, Recognition Speed and Consistency as Dimensions of Second Language Vocabulary Knowledge

Authors: Harrington, Michael

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  • Coins the term lexical facility to analyse second language performer differences
  • Establishes a consistent framework to measure size and retrieval speed of vocabulary
  • Creates a new method of analysis to measure second language performance
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This book examines the simultaneous contribution of learner vocabulary size and speed to second language performance differences across learner levels and settings. Harrington considers vocabulary size and speed, as reflected in retrieval speed and consistency, as a three-dimensional measurement construct termed lexical facility. While size and retrieval speed are generally known, this is the first attempt to incorporate consistency, as measured by the coefficient of variation, as an index of vocabulary skill. Part 1 describes the three dimensions and the roles they play on lower level text processing and thus on second language performance more generally. Part 2 reports on seven studies and related research that investigate the sensitivity of the three dimensions, both individually and in combination, to proficiency differences in common domains of academic English performance. Harrington’s framework and the theoretical and methodological issues that arise are presented in a manner accessible to a wide readership, including second language acquisition vocabulary researchers, testing and assessment practitioners, and those interested in second language research methodology. 

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Michael Harrington teaches in the postgraduate program in Applied Linguistics at the University of Queensland, Australia. He publishes in second language acquisition, second language lexical and cognitive processes, and testing and assessment. 

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“For those who show keen interest in assessing vocabulary, Lexical Facility is like a groundbreaking guide. … this innovative book, insightful for English as a second language (ESL) vocabulary instructors and researchers, will constitute an inspiring contribution to L2 lexical studies and deserves unbendable recommendation.” (Liang Zhao, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, September 20, 2019)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lexical Facility
Book Subtitle
Size, Recognition Speed and Consistency as Dimensions of Second Language Vocabulary Knowledge
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37262-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-37262-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37261-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 305
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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