Decompositional View of Word Form and Its Pedagogical Implication: From the Perspective of Word Formation Reference Books/VUE DÉCOMPOSITIONNELLE DE LA FORMATION DU MOT ET SON IMPLICATION PÉDAGOGIQUE: DANS LA PERSPECTIVE DES OUVRAGES DE RÉFÉRENCE SUR LA FORMATION DU MOT

By Jin'an, Hou | Cross - Cultural Communication, January 1, 2008 | Go to article overview

Decompositional View of Word Form and Its Pedagogical Implication: From the Perspective of Word Formation Reference Books/VUE DÉCOMPOSITIONNELLE DE LA FORMATION DU MOT ET SON IMPLICATION PÉDAGOGIQUE: DANS LA PERSPECTIVE DES OUVRAGES DE RÉFÉRENCE SUR LA FORMATION DU MOT


Jin'an, Hou, Cross - Cultural Communication


Abstract:

The vocabulary of a foreign language is always challenging for L2 learners, especially those morphologically complex words. How do these words stored in the mental lexicon? Over years of research, psycholinguists put forward two influential approaches: the decompositional approach and the full-listing approach. This paper studies the application of the decompositional approach of word form from the perspective of word formation reference books available in China. Questionnaires concerning learners' methods of learning English vocabulary were send out first, an interview with a smaller number of participants was conducted to provide a deeper insight into the common merits and defects of word formation reference books and provide pedagogical implications for the future vocabulary instruction in China.

Key words: decompositional approach, mental lexicon, pedagogical implications

Résumé: Le vocabulaire d'une langue étrangère est toujours dur pour les apprenants d'une deuxième langue étrangère, notamment pour les mots morphologiquement complexes. Comment stocker ces mots dans le lexique mental ? Après des années de recherches, les psycholinguistes mettent en avant deux approches influentes : l'approche décompositionnelle et l'approche de plein-liste. Le présent article étudie l'application de l'approche décompositionnelle de la formation du mot dans la perspective des ouvrages de référence sur la formation du mot disponibles en Chine. Les questionnaires concernant les méthodes d'apprentissage du vocabulaire anglais sont distribués d'abord, puis un interview avec un petit nombre de participants est effectué pour offrir une connaissance plus profonde sur les mérites et les défauts communs des ouvrages de référence sur la formation du mot et donner des implications pédagogiques à la future instruction du vocabulaire en Chine.

Mots-Clés: approche décompositionnelle, lexique mental, implications pédagogiques

1. INTRODUCTION

How the morphologically complex words are stored in the mental lexicon has aroused many researchers' interest. Several modals concerning this question have been put forward, among which the decompositional approach and the full-listing approach are two influential modals. These two modals explore the storage of words in mental lexicon from different angles. The decompositional approach holds that words are stored separately as affixes and stems, while the full-listing approach, on the contrary, believes that words are stored as a whole in the mental lexicon.

The study of vocabulary acquisition has been undervalued for a long period of time, and only in recent decades has it been paid more attention to. Many theories and modals have been mentioned in the literature of vocabulary teaching and learning, including the decompositional method and the full-listing method. This paper first gives a brief review of the decompositional approach in the formation of words, and then presents the various methods mentioned in the literature of vocabulary acquisition. Afterwards, an interview concerning Chinese students' vocabulary learning was carried out, which was based on a questionnaire conducted earlier. The interview tends to find out Chinese students' preference of the vocabulary learning method and to serve as a pilot study of the merits and the defects of the word formation reference books in the Chinese market. Finally, based on the findings of the questionnaire and the interview, recommendations for the further development of the reference books are put forward.

2. LITERATURE REVIEW

2.1 Decompositional Approach vs. Full-listing Approach

The study of mental lexicon is an important part in psycholinguistics and the question concerning word recognition has aroused many researchers' interest. How are words, especially those morphologically complex words, stored in the brain? Are they stored as a whole? How are these words accessed and retrieved when we use language in daily life? …

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