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SLLAT Seminar: Vaclav Brezina (CASS, Lancaster)

Date: 5 February 2014 Time: 16:00-17:30

Venue: Bowland North SR21

Which words are useful for learners? Counting words, distinguishing meanings and developing wordlists (A corpus approach)

This talk focuses on the rationale and methodology for the development of pedagogical wordlists - lists of vocabulary intended for teaching and learning purposes. In particular, the talk will discuss some of the methodological decisions that led to the creation of the New General Service List (new-GSL). The new-GSL is a list of 2,500 lemmas based on analysis of four language corpora of the total size of almost 13 billion running words. In the talk, I will also address the issue of future development in this area and discuss automatic semantic tagging of corpora (USAS) as a means of development of even more useful pedagogical wordlists.

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Organising departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language, Second Language Learning and Teaching Research Group (SLLAT)

Keywords: Corpus linguistic methodology, Corpus linguistics, Language teaching research, Second language acquisition


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