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Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition

  1. Susanne Rott

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0531

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Rott, S. 2012. Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Incidental vocabulary acquisition is generally described as the “picking up” of new words when students are engaged in a reading, listening, speaking, or writing task. That is, incidental acquisition refers to the absence of the conscious intention to commit a word to memory.


  • language teaching;
  • second language acquisition;
  • reading;
  • vocabulary