Factors Affecting Guessing Vocabulary in Context

@article{Na1985FactorsAG,
  title={Factors Affecting Guessing Vocabulary in Context},
  author={Liu Na and I. S. P. Nation},
  journal={RELC Journal},
  year={1985},
  volume={16},
  pages={33 - 42}
}
Low frequency words at two different densities in a text were replaced by nonsense words. The subjects were asked to guess the meanings of these words by using context clues. The results were analysed to see what factors affected difficulty of guessing. Words in the low density text (1 unknown word in 25) were easier to guess than words in the high density text (1 word in 10). Verbs were easier to guess than nouns, which were easier than adverbs and adjectives. The subjects were divided into… 

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