Lexical Diversity and Language Development

Quantification and Assessment

  • Authors
  • David Malvern
  • Brian Richards
  • Ngoni Chipere
  • Pilar Durán

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Measuring Lexical Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 3-15
    3. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 16-30
    4. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 31-60
  3. Validation of the Model and its Application to Language Corpora

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 63-75
    3. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 76-94
    4. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 95-109
    5. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 110-117
  4. Different Word Categories and their Diversity: Type-Type versus Type-Token

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 121-151
    3. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 152-176
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. David Malvern, Brian Richards, Ngoni Chipere, Pilar Durán
      Pages 179-184
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 185-253

About this book

Introduction

Vocabulary richness, including lexical diversity and use of rare words, has an important role in assessing proficiency, diagnosing progress and testing theory in the study of language development. This book reviews different methods for quantifying how vocabulary is deployed in spontaneous speech and writing, before introducing an alternative approach which can assess overall lexical diversity, measure morphology development and compare the development of different word classes. The new approach is illustrated by its application to first and second language learners.

Keywords

English first language Index morphology second language Spanish

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230511804
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Language & Linguistics Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4039-0232-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51180-4
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