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Incidental learning of duplex collocations from reading: Three case studies

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Title:Incidental learning of duplex collocations from reading: Three case studies
Authors:Macis, Marijana
Keywords:vocabulary acquisition
incidental learning from reading
duplex collocations
figurative language
Date Issued:Apr 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:There is little research available on the incidental learning of figurative language from reading (e.g., Webb, Newton, & Chang, 2013). This study looked at collocations with both literal and figurative meanings, that is, duplex collocations (Macis & Schmitt, 2017a) and whether reading could enhance lexical knowledge of the figurative meanings of these collocations. In three case studies, relatively advanced second language (L2) learners read a semi-authentic novel that contained 38 target items. Through one-to-one interviews, the study examined how much learning occurred at the meaning-recall level and how repetition affected this knowledge. Results showed that knowledge of more than half of the target collocations for each participant was enhanced either partially or fully and that repetition was consistently positive, although not always statistically significant.
Appears in Collections: Volume 30, No. 1

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