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Quick Write 122011 “Vocab Profiling 1”

It seems to me, probably to others as well, that how much effort an L2 reader needs to make when reading a passage written in English depends on various factors, such as vocabulary, sentence structures, schemata (background knowledge), typography, and layout etc. A new Ondoku material I had picked up from New York Times website didn’t cause me a lot of troubles for the first reading whereas the passage I talked about in QW 1214 "3.2% really got me”, which was supposed to be on QWF as QW 1215, but was posted on my blog due to something like a filtering issue, literally GOT ME with its intimidating amounts of gigantic-at-least-for-me words. In that piece VocabProfilers revealed the 3.2 piece contains 20.86% Off-List words and 74.07% K1 and K2 basic words. For the sake of comparison, I thought I should profile the vocabulary in my rather “L2-reader-friendly” Ondoku material, "Life goes on and on..." The results are as follows (percentage):

1) “Life Goes On, and On…”
(K1 77.57 + K2 6.22 = 83.79) + AWL 3.73 + Off-List 12.43 = 100

2) “Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace - ‘3.2% really got me’ piece”
(K1 68.99 + K2 5.08 = 74.07) + AWL 5.08 + Off-List 20.86 = 100

Given those results, it is hypothesized that the more AWL and Off-List words a passage contains, the more effort an L2 reader needs to make to read the passage despite the inherent limitation that the data regarding the amount of “effort” was collected from only one subject, “me” and was not quantified in any numerical data.

(40 minutes / 272 words)

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