I would like to thank Marc Brysbaert and two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions.
Deliberate Learning and Vocabulary Acquisition in a Second Language
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2010
© 2010 Language Learning Research Club, University of Michigan
Volume 61, Issue 2, pages 367–413, June 2011
How to Cite
Elgort, I. (2011), Deliberate Learning and Vocabulary Acquisition in a Second Language. Language Learning, 61: 367–413. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9922.2010.00613.x
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2010
- Revised version accepted 20 October 2009
- vocabulary acquisition;
- deliberate learning
This study investigates outcomes of deliberate learning on vocabulary acquisition in a second language (L2). Acquisition of 48 pseudowords was measured using the lexical decision task with visually presented stimuli. The experiments drew on form priming, masked repetition priming, and automatic semantic priming procedures. Data analyses revealed a prime lexicality effect (Experiment 1), repetition priming effect (Experiment 2), and semantic priming effect (Experiment 3) for the deliberately learned pseudowords. The outcomes of deliberate learning were further examined using a coefficient of variability (CVRT) calculated for the participants’ response latencies in Experiments 2 and 3. The results showed that the learned pseudowords were processed with a higher degree of automaticity than nonwords and low-frequency L2 words. Taken together, the findings provide evidence that deliberate learning triggered the acquisition of representational and functional aspects of vocabulary knowledge.