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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

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Title: French Vocabulary Breadth Among Learners in the British School and University System: Comparing knowledge over time
Author: James Milton
Institution: Swansea University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: This paper investigates the scale of vocabulary learning that appears to be common among British foreign language learners of French up to university graduation. These results are compared with historical data and the knowledge learners possessed in previous generations. This is done by comparing current students' vocabulary knowledge with students who studied more than 20 years ago. These comparisons provide very powerful evidence in support of claims made to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority of a progressive decline in the knowledge of learners and the standard of school examinations over a period of decades.

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This article appears IN Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 18, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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