1887
Volume 79, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0019-0829
  • E-ISSN: 1783-1490
USD
Buy:$35.00 + Taxes

Abstract

Derived words suggest a very efficient mnemonic when they have to be learnt as items in a foreign language (FL). They could be remembered by tagging in semantic memory the property that is lexicalized by the stem and storing the particular affix. A learning experiment was designed to find out whether students make spontaneous use of this encoding strategy. The results indicated that subjects' recall performance was better for derived words than underived ones, even when the presence of stems was not pointed out to them by the experimenter. The error data were compatible with the use of the proposed mnemonic. Surprisingly, subjects who were given only native language translations did better on the derivations than those who were provided additional comment on the morphological structure of these words. This finding proves that the method of giving translations for FL words is not so bad after ail and that the memory representations subjects form in such conditions are not necessarily of the paired-associate type.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1075/itl.79-80.01san
1988-01-01
2019-10-19
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

References

  1. Atkinson, R.C.
    (1975) Mnemotechnics in second-language learning. American Psychologist, 30, 821–828.
    [Google Scholar]
  2. Craik, F.I.M. & Lockhart, R.S.
    (1972) Levels of processing : a framework for memory research. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 11, 671–684.
    [Google Scholar]
  3. Decoo, W.
    (1985) Ken je de woordjes?Info-Frans, 13, 45–60.
    [Google Scholar]
  4. Freyd, P. & Baron, J.
    (1982) Individual differences in acquisition of derivational morphology. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 21, 282–295.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. Godin, P. & Ostyn, P.
    (1984) L’enseignement des langues étrangères : hier, aujourd’hui et demain. Relations Publiques, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur (ed.), FUN Infor (Agenda Mai 1984).
    [Google Scholar]
  6. Hall, J.W. , Wilson, K.P. & Patterson, R.J.
    (1980) Mnemotechnics. Some limitations on the mnemonic keyword method for the study of foreign language vocabulary. Journal of Educational Psychology, 72, 345–357.
    [Google Scholar]
  7. Paivio, A. & Desrochers, A.
    (1981) Mnemonic techniques in second-language learning. Journal of Educational Psychology, 73, 780–795.
    [Google Scholar]
  8. Pressley, M. , Levin, J.R. , Hall, J.W. , Miller, G.E. & Berry, J.K.
    (1980) The keyword method and foreign word acquisition. Journal of Experimental Psychology : Human Learning and Memory, 6, 163–173.
    [Google Scholar]
  9. Pressley, M. , Levin, J.R. , Kuiper, N.A. , Bryant, S.L. & Michener, S.
    (1982) Mnemonic versus nonmnemonic vocabulary-learning strategies : additional comparisons. Journal of Educational Psychology, 74, 693–707.
    [Google Scholar]
  10. Raugh, M.R. & Atkinson, R.C.
    (1975) A mnemonic method for learning a second-language vocabulary. Journal of Educational Psychology, 67, 1–16.
    [Google Scholar]
  11. Taft, M. & Forster, K.I.
    (1975), Lexical storage and retrieval of prefixed words. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 14, 638–647.
    [Google Scholar]
  12. Taft, M.
    (1981) Prefix stripping revisited. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 20, 289–297.
    [Google Scholar]
  13. Stanners, R.F. , Neiser, J.J. , Hernon, W.P. & Hall, R.
    (1979) Memory representation for morphologically related words. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 18, 399–412.
    [Google Scholar]
http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1075/itl.79-80.01san
Loading
  • Article Type: Research Article
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was successful
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error