Bibliography on vocabulary

Alphabetised bibliography

Categorized bibliography

General Surveys

1.1 Books
1.2 Collections of abstracts, bibliographies, articles on individuals
1.3 Surveys of vocabulary learning, introductions to collections of articles
1.4 Book reviews
1.5 Articles not directly on vocabulary

What it Means to Know a Word

2.1 Aspects of knowing a word
2.2 Vocabulary difficulty, interference
2.3 Models, working memory
2.4 Active/passive
2.5 Word form - spoken and written, spelling
2.6 Grammar


3.1 L1 concept development
3.2 Lexical storage and search
3.3 Homonymy, polysemy, senses
3.4 L2 concept learning and teaching, attrition


4.1 Associations, metaphor


5.1 Analysis of collocation
5.2 Teaching and learning collocations

Word Building, First Language Influence

6.1 L1 acquisition of morphology
6.2 Lists of word parts, sources of English vocabulary
6.3 L2 acquisition of morphology
6.4 Cognates and loan words, L1 borrowing and influence, etymology and learning
6.5 Teaching word parts
6.6 Lexical bar

Vocabulary Size

7.1 Vocabulary size of very young L1 children
7.2 Vocabulary size of L1 school children
7.3 Vocabulary size of L1 adults
7.4 Vocabulary size and growth of L2 learners
7.5 Methodology of vocabulary size measurement

Word Lists and Frequency Counts

8.1 Theory and critiques of word frequency lists, core vocabulary
8.2 Word counts
8.3 Grade school lists
8.4 Corpus research

ESL Word Lists and Graded Readers Lists

9.1 Discussion of ESL vocabulary counts and lists
9.2 Simplification
9.3 Studies of graded readers, reviews
9.4 Learning from extensive reading
9.5 Graded reader lists, EPER
9.6 ESL lists
9.7 Publishers’ catalogues of graded readers

Specialised Word Lists

10.1 Learning and dealing with vocabulary in specialised texts
10.2 Vocabulary in specialised texts
10.3 Specialised vocabulary lists

Conditions for Learning

11.1 Conditions
11.2 Repetition and spacing
11.3 Levels of processing
11.4 Affective factors, gender, style

Vocabulary and Listening

12.1 Learning through listening in L1
12.2 Learning through listening in L2

Vocabulary and Speaking

13.1 Learning through speaking in L1
13.2 Learning through speaking in L2

Vocabulary and Reading

14.1 How much vocabulary is needed for reading?
14.2 Vocabulary knowledge helps reading, preteaching
14.3 Readability
14.4 Learning vocabulary through reading
14.5 Extensive reading (check with 9.4)

Vocabulary and Writing

15.1 Lexical diversity, assessing the vocabulary component of writing
15.2 Errors
15.3 Vocabulary knowledge helps writing

Vocabulary and Discourse

16.1 Vocabulary and discourse

Vocabulary Strategies

17.1 Vocabulary strategies

Words in Context

18.1 Context clues
18.2 Observational studies of guessing
18.3 L1 learning from guessing
18.4 L2 learning from guessing
18.5 Learning to guess

Rote Learning

19.1 Rote learning
19.2 Learning with Sentence Contexts, Instantiation


20.1 Reviews
20.2 1L learning with Keyword
20.3 2L learning with keyword


21.1 Reviews of dictionaries
21.2 Comparing and evaluating dictionaries
21.3 Using dictionaries
21.4 Glossing
21.5 Definitions, defining vocabularies


22.1 Teaching vocabulary
22.2 Techniques and procedures
22.3 Computer Assisted Vocabulary Learning, concordances
22.4 Building vocabulary for reading


23.1 Planning the vocabulary component of a course


24.1 Testing and test formats
24.2 Comparing formats
24.3 Testing depth of knowledge
24.4 Particular tests, EVST, VLT etc