In Defense of Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition

How to Do Things with Words in Context
  • William J. Rapaport
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3554)


Researchers in “contextual vocabulary acquisition” differ over the kinds of context involved in vocabulary learning, and the methods and benefits thereof. This paper presents a computational theory of contextual vocabulary acquisition, identifies the relevant notion of context, exhibits the assumptions behind some classic objections, and defends our theory against these objections.


Target Word Reading Comprehension Relative Clause Word Meaning Computational Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Rapaport
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  1. 1.Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Philosophy; Center for Cognitive ScienceState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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