A Short Note On L1 Vs. L1 : An Empirical Study Of Synonym Use / Acquisition

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Applied Linguistics 2016: 37/2: 239–261
Oxford University Press 2014 doi:10.1093/applin/amu022 Advance Access published on 23 June 2014
“L2 vs. L1 Use of Synonymy: An Empirical Study of Synonym Use/Acquisition” Dilin Liu1, and Shouman Zhong2

The article,” L2 vs. L1 Use of Synonymy: An Empirical Study of Synonym Use/Acquisition” by Dilin Liu and Shouman Zhong seeks to examine the use of four sets of synonyms by Chinese second language learners and native speakers of English by using a forced choice question instrument beside corpus data as reference. As it is clear from the abstract, the data analysis of this paper uncovers many leading findings. One of the findings is the general synonym acquisition trajectory. Which is divided in four main steps. Firstly, synonyms are differentiated by their typical collocates. Secondly, construal of the communicative context is important regarding synonyms selection. Thirdly, the understanding of synonyms for EFL and ESL learners develops as their English proficiency rises to a higher level. And finally, frequency is significantly contributing to synonym acquisition.
The writer started his introduction by introducing synonyms as a common linguistic feature and they have finely different meanings. He mentioned also that they are very crucial for precise and effective communication and challenging for L2 language learners (Martin 1984). They on the other hand have not come into…

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