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The effect of morphological form variation on adult first language incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading
Barry Lee Reynolds
2019-04-08
Source PublicationEnglish Teaching
ISSN1175-8708
Volume18Issue:1Pages:36-51
Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to investigate the effects of word internal morphological form variation on adult first language (L1) (n = 20) incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading. Design/methodology/approach: Participants were given a 37,611-token English novel containing pseudo words, placed throughout the text by the novelist. Two unexpected vocabulary assessments were administered at the completion of the reading task. Findings: Results showed statistically significant effects for morphological form variation, with the readers having incidentally acquired more words whose tokens did not vary in form (i.e. no exposure to inflectional or derivational variants). However, a large effect size was present only for low-frequency words (two-four exposures). Originality/value: Discussion of the results is given regarding the feasibility of enhancing adult L1 college readers’ morphological awareness through extensive reading and attention-drawing tasks.

KeywordAdult Readers Derivation Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition Inflection Morphology Reading
DOI10.1108/ETPC-07-2018-0069
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Indexed BySSCI ; AHCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research ; Linguistics
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research ; Linguistics ; Language & Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000485587500004
PublisherEMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorBarry Lee Reynolds
AffiliationFaculty of Education,University of Macau,,Taipa,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Barry Lee Reynolds. The effect of morphological form variation on adult first language incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading[J]. English Teaching,2019,18(1):36-51.
APA Barry Lee Reynolds.(2019).The effect of morphological form variation on adult first language incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading.English Teaching,18(1),36-51.
MLA Barry Lee Reynolds."The effect of morphological form variation on adult first language incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading".English Teaching 18.1(2019):36-51.
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