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Title SVALex: a CEFR-graded Lexical Resource for Swedish Foreign and Second Language Learners
Authors Thomas Francois, Elena Volodina, Ildikó Pilán and Anaïs Tack
Abstract The paper introduces SVALex, a lexical resource primarily aimed at learners and teachers of Swedish as a foreign and second language that describes the distribution of 15,681 words and expressions across the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The resource is based on a corpus of coursebook texts, and thus describes receptive vocabulary learners are exposed to during reading activities, as opposed to productive vocabulary they use when speaking or writing. The paper describes the methodology applied to create the list and to estimate the frequency distribution. It also discusses some characteristics of the resulting resource and compares it to other lexical resources for Swedish. An interesting feature of this resource is the possibility to separate the wheat from the chaff, identifying the core vocabulary at each level, i.e. vocabulary shared by several coursebook writers at each level, from peripheral vocabulary which is used by the minority of the coursebook writers.
Topics Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Lexicon, Lexical Database, Tools, Systems, Applications
Full paper SVALex: a CEFR-graded Lexical Resource for Swedish Foreign and Second Language Learners
Bibtex @InProceedings{FRANCOIS16.275,
  author = {Thomas Francois and Elena Volodina and Ildikó Pilán and Anaïs Tack},
  title = {SVALex: a CEFR-graded Lexical Resource for Swedish Foreign and Second Language Learners},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
 }
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