Corpus-based versus lexicographer examples in comprehension and production of new words

Page71-76
AuthorBatia Laufer
TitleCorpus-based versus lexicographer examples in comprehension and production of new words
AbstractThe paper examines the differences in effectiveness of two types of examples in comprehension and production of new words: a. examples taken from authentic language corpora and b. examples written by lexicographers for the particular entry. Twenty low-frequency words were given to a group of EFL learners. Ten were illustrated by authentic examples, ten by lexicographers' examples. The subjects were tested both on comprehension of the target words and on their ability to use these words in sentences of their own. The results of the experiment suggest that, for users of learner dictionaries, naturalness of information is not necessarily more effective than its clarity.
SessionPART 1 - Dictionaries from the Users' Perspective
Keywordsdictionary use, authentic examples, lexicographer-made examples, foreign learners' perspective, comprehension/production
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX92_1-013,
author = {Batia Laufer},
title = {Corpus-based versus lexicographer examples in comprehension and production of new words},
pages = {71-76},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1992},
month = {aug},
date = {4-9},
address = {Tampere, Finland},
editor = {Hannu Tommola & Krista Varantola,Tarja Salmi-Tolonen & Jurgen Schopp},
publisher = {Tampereen YIiopisto},
isbn = {951-44-3111-1},
}
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