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Combining quantitative and qualitative methods in a study on dictionary use

  • Many studies on dictionary use presuppose that users do indeed consult lexicographic resources. However, little is known about what users actually do when they try to solve language problems on their own. We present an observation study where learners of German were allowed to browse the web freely while correcting erroneous German sentences. In this paper, we are focusing on the multi-methodological approach of the study, especially the interplay between quantitative and qualitative approaches. In one example study, we will show how the analysis of verbal protocols, the correction task and the screen recordings can reveal the effects of intuition, language (learning) awareness, and determination on the accuracy of the corrections. In another example study, we will show how preconceived hypotheses about the problem at hand might hinder participants from arriving at the correct solution.

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Author:Sascha WolferORCiDGND, Martina Nied Curcio, Idalete Maria Silva Dias, Carolin Müller-SpitzerORCiDGND, Maria Jose Dominguez Vazquez
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the XVIII EURALEX International Congress Lexicography in Global Contexts 17-21 July 2018, Ljubljana
Publisher:Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani / Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts
Place of publication:Ljubljana
Editor:Jaka Čibej, Vojko Gorjanc, Iztok Kosem, Simon Krek
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2018
Date of Publication (online):2018/07/31
Tag:language learners; observation study; online lexicographic resources; quantitative and qualitative methods; research into dictionary use
GND Keyword:Benutzerforschung; Computerunterstützte Lexikogaphie; Forschungsmethode
First Page:101
Last Page:112
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International