Current Perspectives in Spanish Lexical Development







New quantitative methodology and the development of corpus and experimental linguistics tools have recently made researching lexical comprehension and production more accessible. While several tools and data sets are available in English (Coh-metrix, CELEX) and a few other languages, the development of resources and empirical research is still lacking in Spanish.

This volume brings together original empirical research and theoretical perspectives that examine lexical development in Spanish L1, L2 and L3, with a focus on different teaching approaches and textbook coverage of Spanish lexicon in L2 curricula and the use of corpus linguistics in methodological investigations. Some questions addressed include the role of lexical development in mapping grammatical acquisition phases, the potential transfers of L1 to L2 lexical abilities, the effect of explicit vocabulary learning techniques in L2, how affective meaning modulates L2 acquisition, or how a typological understanding of lexical organization can help in teaching more effectively the lexicon of a language, among many others.

The book offers an overview of what is currently being done in the field of Spanish lexical acquisition through a myriad of approaches and topics.





Section I: Lexicon at the crossroads: The interplay of lexicon with other areas of language

Chapter 1 The trajectory of Spanish vocabulary studies and challenges ahead
Laura Marqués-Pascual and Irene Checa-García

Chapter 2 The role of the lexicon in language acquisition: An issue in need of study
Milagros Fernández-Pérez and Miguel González-Pereira

Chapter 3 The relationship between self-rated vocabulary knowledge and accuracy of phonological forms
Danielle Daidone

Section II: Measures of lexical competence and development in Spanish

Chapter 4 Individual lexical breadth and its associated measures. A contribution to the calculation of individual lexical richness
Juan-Andrés Villena-Ponsoda, Antonio-Manuel Ávila-Muñoz and José-María Sánchez-Sáez

Chapter 5 L1 to L2 lexical development transfer? A within subjects study on lexical richness measures
Irene Checa-García and Austin Schafer

Chapter 6 Development of lexical deployment as a result of a short-term study abroad experience in Costa Rica
Judith Borràs, Àngels Llanes and Goretti Prieto Botana

Chapter 7 Effects of passive vocabulary knowledge and task type on lexical sophistication in L2 Spanish writing
Marco Berton and Laura Sánchez

Section III: Attitudes and emotions in the lexicon

Chapter 8 “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”: On the emotional effects of breaking word-formation rules
Elisabet Llopart-Saumell

Chapter 9 Do L2 Speakers sound strange when using slang? L1 attitudes toward L2 Use of peninsular Spanish colloquial lexical items
Stefan DuBois

Section IV: Approaches to teaching L2 lexicon

Chapter 10 Vocabulary in the L2 Spanish classroom: What students know and what their instructors believe they know
Claudia Helena Sánchez-Gutiérrez, César Hoyos Álvarez and Pablo Robles-García

Chapter 11 Interpreting the designated curriculum: Teachers’ understanding of vocabulary instruction and adherence to the textbook
Nausica Marcos Miguel and Mari Félix Cubas Mora

Chapter 12 Do you really know this word? Dimensions of vocabulary knowledge in Spanish textbooks
Eve C. Zyzik and Laura Marqués-Pascual

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