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Title: Making a little go a long way: a corpus-based analysis of a high-frequency word and some pedagogical implications for young Spanish learners
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Servicio de Publicaciones, Universidad de Murcia
ISSN: 1989-6131
Related subjects: CDU::8- Lingüística y literatura
Keywords: English language teaching
Corpus
Little
Young learners
Lexical syllabus
Stories
Abstract: This study explores the different uses of the word little, its equivalents in Spanish and its teaching to young Spanish learners. First, it aims at analyzing the lexico-grammatical behavior of little in a corpus of children’s short stories, where its prevailing use, preceding countable nouns, has been found to be much more frequent than in other domains and registers. A contrastive study follows, which examines how little has been translated in an English-Spanish parallel corpus; the results show that diminutives constitute an important equivalent. Finally, some didactic implications are proposed, with the application of corpus-based findings to the teaching of English to young Spanish learners from an approach that combines lexical syllabi and story-based methodologies.
Primary author: Labrador de la Cruz, Belén
Collection: Vol.19 (1), 2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10201/73884
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 20
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Vol.19 (1), 2019

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