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Patricia A. Herman
Word recognitionPsychologyVocabularyLinguisticsVocabulary development
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THE AUTHORS investigated how text features may influence the amount of vocabulary knowledge acquired incidentally while reading expositions. Three sets of text features were identified from studies on comprehension: (a) features associated with the macrostructure, (b) features associated with logical and temporal relations in the microstructure, and (c) features associated with explanations of concepts and relations between them. Two natural expositions were revised in three successive, incremen...
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#1William E. Nagy (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 35
#2Richard C. Anderson (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 64
Last. Patricia A. HermanH-Index: 7
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This study investigated incidental learning of word meanings from context during normal reading. A total of 352 students in third, fifth, and seventh grades read either expository or narrative passages selected from grade-level textbooks, and after six days were tested on their knowledge of difficult words from the passages. Small but reliable gains in knowledge of words from the passages read were found at all grade and ability levels. Effects of word and text properties on learning from contex...
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#1William E. Nagy (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 35
#2Patricia A. HermanH-Index: 7
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#1William E. NagyH-Index: 35
#2Richard C. AndersonH-Index: 64
Last. Patricia A. HermanH-Index: 7
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#1William E. NagyH-Index: 35
#2Patricia A. HermanH-Index: 7
Last. Richard C. AndersonH-Index: 64
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SCHOOL CHILDREN appear to increase their vocabularies by thousands of words per year. Many have hypothesized that a large proportion of this growth occurs through incidental learning from written context. However, experimental research has until now failed to provide unequivocal support of this hypothesis. The present study attempted to determine whether students do acquire measurable knowledge about unfamiliar words while reading natural text. Fifty-seven eighth-grade students of average and ab...
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#1William E. NagyH-Index: 35
#2Patricia A. HermanH-Index: 7
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#1William E. NagyH-Index: 35
#2Patricia A. HermanH-Index: 7
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