Referent Similarity and Nominal Syntax in Task-Based Language Teaching

  • Craig Lambert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This volume addresses an important gap in the literature on task design and second language use. Building on insights from over 50 years of research on the relationship between task demands and language use, it examines how referent similarity relates to developmentally-relevant variation in the use of nominal structures, comparative structures and abstract lexis among first and second language speakers of English. In addition to providing an empirical basis for future research on tasks, it shares both theoretical and practical information on task design, which will greatly benefit curriculum and material developers.


Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT) Task Sequencing Syntactic Complexity Comparative Structures Abstract Lexis

Authors and affiliations

  • Craig Lambert
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  1. 1.Curtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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