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A Case of Using a Multilingual Database of Synonyms for Designing Lexical Drills


  • Maria Zarifyan


  • Anastasia Melnik


  • Anastasia Vyrenkova

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics)


This paper presents a set of drills that train students' competence in using the adjectives that belong to the semantic domain of FAR. The drills are based on and exemplify theoretical results of a study focusing around the comparison of synonymous adjectives across six languages and aim at granting students with a systematic and holistic picture of the domain in question. The training materials highlight the basic semantic parametres governing the correct lexical choice as well as the relevant distributional and grammatical patterns. Exemplified here are the drills for Russian and English languages.

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  • Maria Zarifyan & Anastasia Melnik & Anastasia Vyrenkova, 2016. "A Case of Using a Multilingual Database of Synonyms for Designing Lexical Drills," HSE Working papers WP BRP 49/LNG/2016, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:49/lng/2016

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    Multilinual Database of Synonyms; foreign language acquisition; lexical drills;

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