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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Vocabulary Studies

Edited By

Stuart Webb

ISBN 9781138735729
Published August 20, 2019 by Routledge
618 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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List of contributors


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 Vilkaitė-Lozdienė 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


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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