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Second Language Lexical Processes Applied Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives Edited by: Zsolt Lengyel, Judit Navracsics

Paperback - 208 pages
17 May 2007
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148 (A5)

Key features

- Offers a multidisciplinary perspective, drawing from the fields of psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics and educational linguistics - Useful for students of second language studies as well as researchers of second language acquisition


The book contains studies on second language lexical processes based on empirical findings by authors mostly from Central Europe. The reader may have access to the storage and working of second language lexicons. Questions of integration, storage, vocabulary acquisition and assessment, word retrieval, and lexical access are the focus of the studies, which include reference to language users from Finno-Ugric (Hungarian) and Slavic (Croatian, Polish) language backgrounds.


"For students of second-language learning, here is a book that will broaden perspectives and give new insights. Reporting on a number of original studies, whose focus is Hungarian and Slavic learners, it spans a wide range of topics, from the nature of the bilingual mental lexicon to the processes involved in accessing L2 lexis. Essential for anyone interested in how we learn, store, access and use vocabulary in a second language."
Professor Howard Jackson, UCE Birmingham, UK

"Second language acquisition is getting over from the "art side" to the "science side". The present volume belongs to a new sphere of experimental linguistics: it is half-way between pure psycholinguistics and applied linguistics. This has been demonstrated by nine research papers focussing on the lexicon in SLA. Authors investigate these issues in East Central Europe (with a state of art paper written by an Irish expert) keeping in mind the geographical and historical features of their countries: Hungary, Croatia, and Poland. "
Professor Szépe György, University of Pécs, Hungary

Author Biography:

Zsolt Lengyel is a professor at the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, a part time professor at the University of Pécs and a visiting professor at Zagreb University, Croatia. He took his MA in Hungarian, Russian philology and Applied linguistics at Debrecen University, Hungary. He received PhD in developmental psycholinguistics. He was given Brassai Sámuel Award in 2002. His research interests include language development of Hungarian children, development of literacy before schooling, bilingual education in the kindergarten, word associations of 10-14 year old children and students of 18-24 years of age. He has written numerous articles, books on the mentioned topics. He is editor, member of editorial boards of several applied linguistics journals both in Hungary and abroad.; Judit Navracsics took her MA degree in Russian at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, in English at University of Pannonia, Veszprém, her Ph.D. degree at Pécs University. She is an associate professor at the Department of Applied Linguistics, at the University of Pannonia. She is Secretary of Applied Linguistics Branch of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, her habilitation is underway. She does research into bi- and multilingualism. She is the author and editor of books and papers on childhood bi- and trilingualism, the psycholinguistic aspects of multilingualism, early second language acquisition and the bilingual mental lexicon.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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