This collection brings together recent research on the influences between first and additional languages with a focus on the development of multilingual lexicons. Featuring work from an international group of scholars, the volume examines the complex dynamics underpinning vocabulary in second and third languages and the role first languages play within this process. The book is organized around three different facets of research in this area – lexical recognition, processing, and knowledge; the effects of first languages on second language reading and writing, collocations, and translation skills; and, vocabulary testing – drawing on examples from a variety of languages, including European languages, Arabic, and Japanese. Setting the stage for further research on the interplay between first languages and multilingual lexicons, this volume is key reading for students and researchers in applied linguistics, language learning and teaching, bilingualism, second language acquisition, and translation studies.

chapter 1|11 pages


First Language Influences on Multilingual Lexicons—Pulling Apart the Threads
ByJon Clenton, Paul Booth

part 1|54 pages

Recognition, Comprehension, and Reading

chapter 2|20 pages

The Pseudohomophone Effect in Visual Word Recognition in a Second Language

ByNan Jiang, Hye K. Pae

chapter 3|18 pages

L1–L2 Semantic and Syntactic Processing

The Influence of Language Proximity
ByPaul Booth, Jon Clenton, Jo Van Herwegen

part 2|79 pages

Production, Translation, and Writing

chapter 5|18 pages

The Multilingual Lexicon

Evidence from Primed Translation Lexical Decision
ByAgnieszka Ewa Krautz (Tytus)

chapter 6|20 pages

Beyond Literal

Expanding Vocabulary for Translation Skills in the Diverse, Multilingual Undergraduate MFL Classroom
ByRosa Rodriguez-Garrido, Albert Pellicer

chapter 7|20 pages

Processing L2 Vocabulary in Writing

ByKatja Mäntylä, Sinikka Lahtinen, Outi Toropainen

chapter 8|19 pages

Use of Collocations in Written Text

A Comparative Analysis of Collocations Produced by Native Speakers and Nigerian Learners of English
ByPeter Obukadeta

part 3|49 pages

Vocabulary Assessment

chapter 10|29 pages

The Reassessment of Vocabulary Tests Based on Cognate Distribution

ByCsaba Zoltan Szabo

chapter 11|5 pages


First Language Backgrounds and Multilingual Lexicons—Drawing the Threads Together
ByPaul Booth, Jon Clenton