The Negative Effects Of Learning Words In Semantic Sets
It is common practice in many current second language coursebooks to introduce words in semantic groups. These are often presented as a set of words (semantic clusters) and share a common superordinate (headword). There seems to be a pervasive belief among coursebook writers that doing so will aid vocabulary building and lexical associations in particular. This belief appears to be founded in methodology rather than on research.
Added: Feb 02 2004
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