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A primer on the General Service List

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Title:A primer on the General Service List
Authors:Gilner, Leah
Keywords:word learning
vocabulary teaching
corpus based word lists
token coverage
high frequency words
Date Issued:Apr 2011
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:This paper aims to be an introduction to the General Service List (GSL) that brings together descriptive data with material otherwise dispersed throughout the literature. The discussion first provides an historical overview of the work that scholars, researchers, and educators used as foundations for the manufacturing of the GSL. Following, a collection of modern studies is presented in an effort to critically assess the contents and intent of the GSL. In this manner, the paper attempts to provide comprehensive information on the manufacture, content, characteristics, and analyses of the GSL that can serve to inform those interested in the GSL, in particular, and the compilation and assessment of new word-lists, in general.
Appears in Collections: Volume 23, No. 1

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