Publication details [#60824]

Bordag, Denisa, Amit Kirschenbaum, Erwin Tschirner and Andreas Opitz. 2015. Incidental acquisition of new words during reading in L2: Inference of meaning and its integration in the L2 mental lexicon. Bilingualism 18 (3) : 372–390.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Cambridge University Press


This study demonstrates that the context's syntactic complexity positively influences incidental novel word acquisition during reading in L2 German, causing learner attentional shift from text to word level. However, the memory traces of the novel semantic representation are still very feeble and their retrieval is perhaps impeded by more intense semantically linked representations with much reduced activation limits.