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Seeking the Portuguese Vocabulary Profile

15 pagesPublished: November 28, 2016


This paper reports on a pilot study from the Portuguese Vocabulary Profile project. In this pilot study, a vocabulary list for learners of Portuguese was developed by analysing learner corpora, an approach inspired by CEFR-based wordlists, such as the English Vocabulary Profile. A draft wordlist was constructed from two learner corpora of L2 Portuguese, the Corpora do PLE and the Corpus de PEAPL2. The draft wordlist was then compared to the LMCPC, a wordlist derived from a million-word native speaker corpus, in order to investigate differences between learners and native speakers and to identify aspects of the wordlist needing improvement. The pilot study indicated that the use of Portuguese by the Intermediate and Advanced learner is quite different from that of native speakers and that learner’s language use was affected by data collection tasks and learning environments.

Keyphrases: CEFR, learner corpus, Português as a Second Language, vocabulary reference list for learners

In: Antonio Moreno Ortiz and Chantal Pérez-Hernández (editors). CILC2016. 8th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics, vol 1, pages 396--410

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Shintaro Torigoe},
  title     = {Seeking the Portuguese Vocabulary Profile},
  booktitle = {CILC2016. 8th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics},
  editor    = {Antonio Moreno Ortiz and Chantal P\textbackslash{}'erez-Hern\textbackslash{}'andez},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Language and Linguistics},
  volume    = {1},
  pages     = {396--410},
  year      = {2016},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2398-5283},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/xw8n}}
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