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Models of Lexical and Conceptual Representations in Second Language Acquisition

  1. Janet G. Van Hell,
  2. Gregory J. Poarch

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0686

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

How to Cite

Van Hell, J. G. and Poarch, G. J. 2012. Models of Lexical and Conceptual Representations in Second Language Acquisition. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

Abstract

Words are the basic building blocks of a language. A simple combination of the letters d, o, and g opens up a world of meaningful images and experiences with this four-legged hairy pet. Over the years, children who learn a language accrue fine-grained knowledge on the various meaning aspects related to a word form like dog, and learn that not only grandma's black doggie is a dog but also the white barking creature living next door.

Keywords:

  • bilingualism;
  • cognitive science;
  • esl/efl;
  • psycholinguistics;
  • second language acquisition;
  • multilingualism