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Vocabulary Increase and Collocation Learning

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Collocation learning has long been recognised as a problematic domain for even high-level learners and acknowledged to lag far behind acquisition of other SLA aspects. This thesis explores the role of vocabulary growth in the learning of L2 collocations. It addresses the relationship between vocabulary increase and L2 collocation learning, aiming to identify whether increasing lexemes in a syn(onym)set (Fellbaum, 1998) is the main factor responsible. A corpus-based cross-sectional study was undertaken on Chinese EFL learners’written production of three types of collocations: verb + noun collocations (the main research target), adjective + noun and noun + noun collocations. Lexical verbs in verb + noun collocations were classified into synsets and analyses were performed on collocations within these synsets.

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Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Literature review (1): The notion of collocation
Chapter 3: Literature review (2): Collocation studies in second language learner English
Chapter 4: Research design
Chapter 5: Verb increase and the production of verb + noun collocations (1)
Chapter 6: Verb increase and the production of verb + noun collocations (2)
Chapter 7: L2 learners’performance on adjective + noun and noun + noun collocations
Chapter 8: Comparison and interpretation of learners’performance on the three types of collocations
Chapter 9: The role of L1 in collocation learning
Chapter 10: Summary and conclusions

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