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Professor Tess Fitzpatrick

Overview

Professor Tess Fitzpatrick Position: Professor Email: FitzpatrickT@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 75417
Extension: 75417
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

Centre for Language and Communication Research

Oct 2013 to Jan 2014: An Advanced Research Residency in Formulaic Language and Lexis

Research Interests

Lexical processing, second language acquisition, word association studies, vocabulary measurement tools.

Postgraduate Students

I direct the PhD programme in Applied Linguistics, which focuses on vocabulary research, and which is primarily (though not exclusively) intended for part-time distance study. Research topics share a lexical approach to language processing and language use, and might include assessment of vocabulary knowledge, second language acquisition, lexical attrition in L1 or L2, formulaic language and the interface between lexis and syntax.  For more information about this programme please see our page for the PhD in Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies).

Recent and current PhD students and topics include:

Jon Clenton Exploring the construct of productive vocabulary with Lex30 (completed 2010)
Ian Munby Development of a multiple response word association test (completed 2011)
Dale Brown ESL productive knowledge of collocations
Mark Maby Polysemy and depth of word knowledge
John Racine Investigating the L2 mental lexicon using word association data
Matthew Rooks Autonomy in vocabulary learning
Jeff Stewart Item difficulty in vocabulary tests
Kimberly Klassen Vocabulary Load of Proper Nouns and Marginal Words in L2 Reading Texts
Peter Thwaites Individual differences in lexical storage

Selected Publications

2013. Fitzpatrick, T., Playfoot, D., Wray, A. & Wright, M. (2013) Establishing the Reliability of Word Association Data for Investigating Individual and Group Differences. Applied Linguistics 2013; doi: 10.1093/applin/amt020.

2013. Word associations. In Chapelle, C. (ed) Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics.  Wiley-Blackwell.

2012.  Tracking the changes: vocabulary acquisition in the study abroad context.  Language Learning Journal, 41, 1.

2011.  Word association in L1 and L2: An exploratory study of response types,  response times and interlingual mediation. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 33, 3, 373-398 [with C Izura]

2010.  The challenge of validation: Assessing the performance of a test of productive vocabulary. Language Testing, 27, 4, 537-554. [with J Clenton]

2009.  Lexical Processing in Second Language Learners.  Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [with A Barfield (eds)]

2008.  Intensive vocabulary learning: a case study.  Language Learning Journal 36, 2, 239-248. [with I Al-Qarni and P Meara]

2007.  Word association patterns: unpacking the assumptions International Journal of Applied Linguistics 17, 3, 319-331.

2006.  Breaking up is not so hard to do: individual differences in L2 memorisation Canadian Modern Language Review 63, 1, 35-58. [with A Wray]

2006.  Habits and rabbits: word associations and the L2 lexicon. EUROSLA Yearbook 6, 121-145.

Publications

Recent Publications

Fitzpatrick, T. & Munby, I. (forthcoming, 2013) Word associations and the L2 lexicon. In Milton, J. & Fitzpatrick, T. (eds) Dimensions of Vocabulary Knowledge.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Milton, J. & Fitzpatrick, T. (eds) (forthcoming, 2013) Dimensions of Vocabulary Knowledge. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Fitzpatrick, T., Playfoot, D., Wray, A. & Wright, M. (2013) Establishing the Reliability of Word Association Data for Investigating Individual and Group Differences. Applied Linguistics 2013; doi: 10.1093/applin/amt020.

Fitzpatrick, T. (2013) Word associations. In Chapelle, C. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics.  Wiley-Blackwell.

Jiménez Catalán, R. & Fitzpatrick, T. (2013) Frequency Profiles of EFL Learners’ Lexical Availability. In Jiménez Catalán, R. (ed)  Lexical Availability in English and Spanish.  Springer.

Fitzpatrick, T. (2012) Conducting replication studies: lessons from a graduate programme. In Porte, G. (ed) Replication research in applied linguistics and second language acquisition: a practical guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fitzpatrick, T. (2012) Tracking the changes: vocabulary acquisition in the study abroad context.  Language Learning Journal, 41, 1.

Fitzpatrick, T. & Izura, C. (2011) Word association in L1 and L2: An exploratory study of response types,  response times and interlingual mediation. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 33, 3, 373-398.

Mollet, E., Wray, A.& Fitzpatrick, T. (2011) Accessing second-order collocation through lexical co-occurrence networks. In Herbst, T., Faulhaber, S. & Uhrig, P. (eds)  The phraseological view of language  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 

Wray, A. & Fitzpatrick, T. (2010) Pushing learners to the extreme: the artificial use of prefabricated material in conversation. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 4, 1, 37-52.

Mollet, E., Wray, A., Fitzpatrick, T., Wray, N.R. & Wright, M.J. (2010) Choosing the best tools for comparative analyses of texts. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 15, 4, 429-473.

Fitzpatrick, T. & Clenton, J. (2010) The challenge of validation: Assessing the performance of a test of productive vocabulary. Language Testing, 27, 4, 537-554.

Fitzpatrick, T.  (2010) Review of doctoral research in second language acquisition in Wales (2003-2008).  Language Teaching: Surveys and Studies, 43, 4, 496-521.

Barfield, A. & Fitzpatrick, T. (2009) Taking Stock.  In Fitzpatrick, T. & Barfield, A. (eds) Lexical Processing in Second Language Learners (pp154-158). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Fitzpatrick, T. & Barfield, A. (eds) (2009) Lexical Processing in Second Language Learners.  Bristol: Multilingual Matters (177 pp).

Fitzpatrick, T. (2009) Word association profiles in a first and second language: Puzzles and problems.  In Fitzpatrick, T. & Barfield, A. (eds) Lexical Processing in Second Language Learners (pp38-52)Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Wray, A. & Fitzpatrick, T. (2008) Why can't you just leave it alone? Deviations from memorized language as a gauge of nativelike competence. In Meunier, F. & Granger, S. (eds) Phraseology in foreign language learning and teaching (pp123-147). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

Fitzpatrick, T., Al-Qarni, I. & Meara, P. (2008)  Intensive vocabulary learning: a case study. Language Learning Journal, 36, 2, 239-248.

Fitzpatrick, T. (2007) Word association patterns: unpacking the assumptions.  International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 17, 3, 319-331.

Fitzpatrick, T. (2007) Productive vocabulary tests and the search for concurrent validity.  In Daller, H., Milton, J. & Treffers-Daller, J. (eds) Modelling and Assessing Vocabulary Knowledge. (pp116-133) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fitzpatrick, T. (2006) Habits and rabbits: Word associations and the L2 lexicon. EUROSLA Yearbook 6, 121-145.

Fitzpatrick, T. & Wray, A. (2006) Breaking up is not so hard to do: individual differences in L2 memorisation. Canadian Modern Language Review, 63, 1, 35-58.

Fitzpatrick, T. & Meara, P. (2004) Exploring the validity of a test of productive vocabulary. Vigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 1, 55-74. 

Fitzpatrick, T. (2000) Using word association techniques to measure productive vocabulary in a second language.  Language Testing Update, 27, 64-69.

Meara, P. & Fitzpatrick, T. (2000) Lex 30: an improved method of assessing productive vocabulary in an L2. System, 28, 19-30.

Research

There are four main strands to my current research activities: 

  • the investigation of lexical acquisition and attrition
  • the investigation of lexical retrieval processes (with a focus on word association behaviour)
  • the creation and evaluation of vocabulary knowledge assessment tools
  • the design and application of innovative language learning techniques

These interests are reflected in my work on the following research projects:

Tracking lexical retrieval behaviour in semantic dementia (Principal Investigator) EPSRC Bridging the Gaps Escalator Fund Award: 2011-12 

A longitudinal investigation into lexical retrieval and oral output behaviour in older and younger adults (Principal Investigator) Swansea University (RIAH) Research Initiatives Fund: 2011-2012
 
Profiling the mental lexicon: Psycholinguistic phenotyping of lexical retrieval preferences through an analysis of word association behaviour (Principal Investigator) ESRC Small Grant: 2010-12

Research into improving the way the Welsh language is transferred to adults (Consultant)  Welsh Assembly Government Project: 2010-11

Individual and instructional factors in the acquisition and development of lexical competence in English as a foreign language (Consultant) Spanish Ministry of Education: 2010-13

Developing new analytical techniques for profiling language phenotypes in genetic research (Co-investigator)  AHRC Speculative Scheme: 2007-08

Prefabricated chunks as an aid to conversational fluency in a foreign language (Research Associate: secondment) AHRB Innovation Award: 2002-03  

Biography

I have been at Cardiff since 2012, and teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in applied linguistics.  I direct the distance-learning PhD programme in Applied Linguistics which specialises in lexical research, and I supervise PhD dissertations in vocabulary acquisition, storage and retrieval.  Before coming to Cardiff I worked in the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University.  My early career was as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer, and my postgraduate qualifications have all been achieved through part-time study: MBA (Open); Postgraduate Diploma in TEFL (Cambridge/RSA); PhD in Applied Linguistics (Wales).