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Word families

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posted on 25.06.2020 by Laurie Bauer, Paul Nation
The idea of a word family is important for a systematic approach to vocabulary teaching and for deciding the vocabulary load of texts. Inclusion of a related form of a word within a word family depends on criteria involving frequency, regularity, productivity and predictability. These criteria are applied to English affixes so that the inflectional affixes and the most useful derivational affixes are arranged into a graded set of seven levels. This set of levels and others like it have value in guiding teaching and learning, in standardising vocabulary load and vocabulary size research, in investigating lexical development and lexical storage, and in guiding dictionary making. © 1993 Oxford University Press.

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(1993). Word families. International Journal of Lexicography, 6(4), 253-279. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijl/6.4.253

Journal title

International Journal of Lexicography

Volume

6

Issue

4

Publication date

01/12/1993

Pagination

253-279

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Publication status

Published

ISSN

0950-3846

eISSN

1477-4577

Language

en

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