L2 V. L1 Use Of Synonymy An Empirical Study Of Synonym Acquisition Summary

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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
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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 attention in the field of research up until recent time.
The theoretical background in this article is associated with the Lexical semantic theory by Firth, Halliday, Sinclair which have been proven in many different studies using corpus and/or experimental data. This theory, indicate that the meaning of a lexical item is greatly determined by its collocates and other contextual features.
• 1 The University of Alabama, USA and
• 2Hangzhou Normal University,
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The analysis shows 1) non-native speakers start to show some understanding of the salient usage of synonyms at their intermediate level but struggle with salient usages without high raw frequency, 2) the advanced level shows some ability to adopt unique cnostruals. The salient usages are not arbitrary but related to the primary meanings of the synonyms. The writers report about salient usage (first acquisition phase) and construal (advanced acquisition phase) in

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