A number of resources provide psycholinguistic
with information about the words that the typical child or adult knows
in a variety of languages. What has until presently not been available
is a resource that provides information about the words that a typical
adult learning a second/foreign language knows. Given the popularity of
learning the Spanish language in the United States, we created such a
Beginning Spanish Lexicon--and have used it to explore various
about foreign language learning. We are now making this resource freely
available to language researchers on this web site. The effort to make
this resource available to the research community was supported in part
by grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other
Disorders, National Institutes of Health (R01 DC 006472 and P30
to the University of Kansas). Thanks to the Digital and Electrical
Core (DEEC) of the Center for Biobehavioral Neurosciences in
Disorders (BNCD) for making this resource available to the research
on their server.
A detailed description of how to use the Beginning Spanish Lexicon (BSL), how to interpret the output, and a list of the computer readable transcription (and the IPA equivalents) required as input to the BSL can be found in the paper below. If you use the BSL in your research, please be sure to cite this article:Vitevitch, M.S., Stamer, M.K. & Kieweg, D. (2012). The Beginning Spanish Lexicon: A Web-based interface to calculate phonological similarity among Spanish words in adults learning Spanish as a foreign language. Second Language Research, 28, 103-112.
Furthermore, I would greatly appreciate receiving a reprint (electronic or hard copy) of any published work that uses the Beginning Spanish Lexicon. Reprints may be sent to:
Department of Psychology
1415 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
OR via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Beginning Spanish Lexicon
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
3031 Dole Human Development Center
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders,
National Institutes of Health
grant P30 DC005803
© 2004 The BNCD Center at the University of Kansas. The BNCD is affiliated with the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies.