1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Vocabulary Studies

Edited By Stuart Webb Copyright 2019
    618 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    618 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Vocabulary Studies provides a cutting-edge survey of current scholarship in this area. Divided into four sections, which cover understanding vocabulary; approaches to teaching and learning vocabulary; measuring knowledge of vocabulary; and key issues in teaching, researching, and measuring vocabulary, this Handbook:

    • brings together a wide range of approaches to learning words to provide clarity on how best vocabulary might be taught and learned;

    • provides a comprehensive discussion of the key issues and challenges in vocabulary studies, with research taken from the past 40 years;

    • includes chapters on both formulaic language as well as single-word items;

    • features original contributions from a range of internationally renowned scholars as well as academics at the forefront of innovative research.

    The Routledge Handbook of Vocabulary Studies is an essential text for those interested in teaching, learning, and researching vocabulary.

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    1 Introduction

    Stuart Webb


    2 The different aspects of vocabulary knowledge

    Paul Nation

    3 Classifying and identifying formulaic language

    David Wood

    4 An overview of conceptual models and thories of lexical representation in the mental lexicon

    Brigitta Dóczi

    5 The relationship between vocabulary knowledge and language proficiency

    David D. Qian and Linda Lin

    6 Frequency as a guide for vocabulary usefulness: High-, mid- and low-frequency words

    Laura Vilkaite-Lozdiene and Norbert Schmitt

    7 Academic vocabulary

    Averil Coxhead

    8 Technical vocabulary

    Dilin Liu and Lei Lei

    9 Factors affecting the learning of single word items

    Elke Peters

    10 Factors affecting the learning of multiword items

    Frank Boers

    11 Learning single words vs. multiword items

    Ana Pellicer-Sánchez

    12 Processing single- and multi-word items

    Kathy Conklin

    13 L1 and L2 vocabulary size and growth

    Imma Miralpeix

    14 How does vocabulary fit into theories of second language learning?

    Judit Kormos


    15 Incidental vocabulary learning

    Stuart Webb

    16 Intentional L2 vocabulary learning

    Seth Lindstromberg

    17 Approaches to learning vocabulary inside the classroom

    Jonathan Newton

    18 Strategies for learning vocabulary

    Peter Yongqi Gu

    19 Corpus-based wordlists in second language vocabulary research, learning, and teaching

    Thi Ngoc Yen Dang

    20 Learning words with flashcards and wordcards

    Tatsuya Nakata

    21 Resources for learning single-word items

    Oliver Ballance and Tom Cobb

    22 Resources for learning multi-word items

    Fanny Meunier

    23 Evaluating exercises for learning vocabulary

    Batia Laufer


    24 Measuring depth of vocabulary knowledge

    Akifumi Yanagisawa and Stuart Webb

    25 Measuring knowledge of multiword items

    Henrik Gyllstad

    26 Measuring vocabulary learning progress

    Benjamin Kremmel

    27 Measuring the ability to learn words

    Yosuke Sasao

    28 Sensitive measures of vocabulary knowledge and processing: Expanding Nation’s framework

    Aline Godfroid

    29 Measuring lexical richness

    Kristopher Kyle


    30 Key issues in teaching single word items

    Joe Barcroft

    31 Key issues in teaching multiword items

    Brent Wolter

    32 Single, but not unrelated: Key issues in teaching single word items

    Tessa Spätgens and Rob Schoonen

    33 Key issues in researching multiword items

    Anna Siyanova-Chanturia and Taha Omidian

    34 Key issues in measuring vocabulary knowledge

    John Read

    35 Resources for researching vocabulary

    Laurence Anthony



    Stuart Webb is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research interests include vocabulary studies, extensive reading and listening, and language learning through watching television.


    "This is an outstanding contribution to the field of second language vocabulary acquisition. It is full of state-of-the-art articles by all the leading researchers and theorists in the field. This book should be recommended reading for researchers, practitioners and administrators interested in understanding how a second language vocabulary is learnt."

    Rob Waring, Notre Dame Seishin University, Japan

    "The relatively young field of vocabulary studies has recently developed and widened to such an extent that a volume covering all its subdomains was badly needed. This volume brings us up to date with 35 contributions, written by among the best experts in the world, competently edited by Stuart Webb, one of the most prominent researchers in this field. There is simply no good reason not to consult this volume."

    Jan Hulstijn, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands