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Orthographic Representations Affect Adult Second Language Word Learning

Phillips, Alison Marie (2011) Orthographic Representations Affect Adult Second Language Word Learning. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Adults have considerable difficulty learning a second language (L2), and learning to produce L2 words is particularly difficult. In the present study, we examined how the lexical representations available to beginning adult L2 learners during training, and the order in which words are trained, affect their L2 Arabic vocabulary learning. The findings suggest that the presence of orthographic information and thematic groupings during training improves L2 Arabic learning. These findings are discussed in relation to existing models and previous findings.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Phillips, Alison Marieamp144@pitt.eduAMP144
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTokowicz, Natashatokowicz@pitt.eduTOKOWICZ
Committee MemberDickey, Michael Walshmdickey@pitt.eduMDICKEY
Committee MemberWarren, Tessatessa@pitt.eduTESSA
Date: 6 June 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 21 April 2011
Approval Date: 6 June 2011
Submission Date: 21 April 2011
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: orthographic representations; second language vocabulary learning; thematic categories
Other ID:, etd-04212011-232509
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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