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word associations in an L2

Page history last edited by PBworks 12 years, 11 months ago

 

 

The Kent-Rosanoff Word Association List

 

A lot of the early work on L2 word associations used the Kent-Rosanoff word list as stimuli. The list is a set of 100 words commonly used in studies of L1 word associations. They first appeared in: GH Kent and AJ Rosanoff, A Study of Association in Insanity. American Journal of Insanity 67,(1910) 37-96 and 317-390.

 

1 table 2 dark 3 music 4 sickness
5 man 6 deep 7 soft 8 eating
9 mountain 10 house 11 black 12 mutton
13 comfort 14 hand 15 short 16 fruit
17 butterfly 18 smooth 19 command 20 chair
21 sweet 22 whistle 23 woman 24 cold
25 slow 26 wish 27 river 28 white
29 beautiful 30 window 31 rough 32 citizen
33 foot 34 spider 35 needle 36 red
37 sleep 38 anger 39 carpet 40 girl
41 high 42 working 43 sour 44 earth
45 trouble 46 soldier 47 cabbage 48 hard
49 eagle 50 stomach 51 stem 52 lamp
53 dream 54 yellow 55 bread 56 justice
57 boy 58 light 59 health 60 bible
61 memory 62 sheep 63 bath 64 cottage
65 swift 66 blue 67 hungry 68 priest
69 ocean 70 head 71 stove 72 long
73 religion 74 whiskey 75 child 76 bitter
77 hammer 78 thirsty 79 city 80 square
81 butter 82 doctor 83 loud 84 thief
85 lion 86 joy 87 bed 88 heavy
89 tobacco 90 baby 91 moon 92 scissors
93 quiet 94 green 95 salt 96 street
97 king 98 cheese 99 blossom 100 afraid

 

 

There are a number of reasons why this list isn't very good for research on L2 speakers. You will find a discussion of this problem in

Chapter 3 of Paul Meara's book Connected Words, and in Tess Fitzpatrick's Word Association Patterns: unpacking the assumptions (InJAL 17, 3  2007). Unfortunately no standard alternative stimulus list has yet emerged.

 

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