Psycholinguistic Explanation in Lexical Acquisition of Second Language (L2) Adult Learners

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Ahmad Azman Mokhtar

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This paper is organized into several sections. First, a model of L2 lexical development is outlined. It starts
with a review on the internal structure of the lexical entries in the mental lexicon. Then a comparison is
made between the different conditions under which L2 and L1 are learned. The consequences of such
differences for L2 lexical development and representation are thus highlighted. Finally, the three stages of
L2 vocabulary acquisition on the basis of what is represented in the lexical entry are applied.

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