The Effect of Language Background and Culture on Productive Dictionary Use

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Page577-585
AuthorHilary Nesi
TitleThe Effect of Language Background and Culture on Productive Dictionary Use
AbstractThis paper describes an experiment to compare the speed and success with which subjects from different language and cultural backgrounds read and make productive use of learners' dictionary entries. Two groups of subjects, one from Malaysia and the other from Portugal, produced sentences using given target words, with optional access to dictionary information. Computers monitored their behaviour during the task, and the sentences they produced were subsequently rated for appropriacy. Although the Portuguese group knew fewer English words, they were found to access dictionary information less frequently, to read dictionary entries more quickly, and to produce more appropriate sentences after dictionary consultation. First language influence was not always found to have a positive effect on interpretation of the dictionary entry.
SessionPART 5 - The use of dictionaries
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@InProceedings{ELX94-065,
author = {Hilary Nesi},
title = {The Effect of Language Background and Culture on Productive Dictionary Use},
pages = {577-585},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 6th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1994},
month = {aug-sep},
date = {30-3},
address = {Amsterdam, the Netherlands},
editor = {Willy Martin, Willem Meijs, Margreet Moerland, Elsemiek ten Pas, Piet van Sterkenburg & Piek Vossen},
publisher = {Euralex},
isbn = {90-900-7537-2},
}
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