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The Role of L1 Semantic Information for L2 Semantic Restructuring of Japanese EFL Learners
creator
Tagashira, Kenji
subject
vocabulary acquisition
semantic restructuring
L1 word characteristics
語彙習得
意味範疇の再構築
L1語彙特性
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Education
Language
abstract
The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between the L1 semantic information and the L2 semantic restructuring of Japanese EFL learners. According to Semantic Transfer Hypothesis (Jiang, 2000), learners are required to modify and elaborate the meaning associated with the learned foreign language words. It is also claimed that L1 transferred semantic information should have a crucial role in the progress of L2 semantic restructuring. In this study, English word pairs sharing the same L1 translation equivalent were presented to 128 Japanese EFL learners in the sentence completion task. The results showed that (1) most of the L2 words are more appropriately chosen than the random rate score 33%, and (2) L1 word familiarity has the highest correlation with the scores among the other L1/L2 frequency and L2 word familiarity. These results were interpreted as evidence for the necessity of the vocabulary instruction in the EFL environment and the important role of the transferred L1 meaning for fostering the L2 semantic restructuring in FL vocabulary acquisition.
journal title
Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University. Part. II, Arts and science education
issue
Issue 56
start page
147
end page
154
date of issued
2007-12-28
publisher
広島大学大学院教育学研究科
issn
1346-5554
ncid
SelfDOI
language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Graduate School of Education
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