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The Role of Grammar in L2 Lexical Inferencing
AzerELTA Online Journal (2010)
  • Zahra Alimorad, Shiraz University
  • Seyyedeh Rezwan Ghalebi, Shiraz University
  • Seyyed Mohammad Ali Soozandehfar
The role of grammatical knowledge in foreign language lexical processing is not clear. Providing evidence from a recent introspective study, this paper intends to demonstrate the significant contribution that such knowledge can make to inferring the meanings of unfamiliar words while reading, and to possible consequent acquisition of L2 vocabulary. 5 intermediate learners of English participated in this study. Concurrent think-aloud and immediate retrospective data collection procedures was used in individual research sessions followed by think-aloud protocols. The findings of the study reveal the importance of learners‟ knowledge of grammar in L2 lexical processing and L2 vocabulary acquisition process, and lend support to the intrinsic value of grammar instruction.
  • grammar,
  • lexical inferencing,
  • L2 reading,
  • vocabulary
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Zahra Alimorad, Seyyedeh Rezwan Ghalebi and Seyyed Mohammad Ali Soozandehfar. "The Role of Grammar in L2 Lexical Inferencing" AzerELTA Online Journal Vol. 5 (2010)
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