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Special Purposes Vocabulary

  1. Paul Nation,
  2. Averil Coxhead

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1098

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Nation, P. and Coxhead, A. 2012. Special Purposes Vocabulary. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


An important distinction to guide vocabulary teaching is the division between high-frequency and low-frequency words (Nation, 2008).


  • corpus;
  • language for academic purposes;
  • language for specific purposes;
  • reading;
  • vocabulary