Making a little go a long waya corpus-based analysis of a high-frequency word and some pedagogical implications for young Spanish learners

  1. María Belén Labrador de la Cruz 1
  1. 1 Universidad de León

    Universidad de León

    León, España


IJES, International Journal of English Studies

ISSN: 1578-7044

Year of publication: 2019

Volume: 19

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-20

Type: Article

DOI: 10.6018/IJES.349311 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDIGITUM editor

More publications in: IJES, International Journal of English Studies


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  • Year 2019
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.147
  • Best Quartile: Q1
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  • Year 2019
  • Journal Impact: 0.070
  • Field: FILOLOGÍA MODERNA Quartile: C2 Rank in field: 23/55
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  • Social Sciences: A
  • Human Sciences: A

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This study explores the different uses of the word little, its equivalents in Spanish and its teaching to young Spanish learners. First, it aims at analyzing the lexico-grammatical behavior of little in a corpus of children’s short stories, where its prevailing use, preceding countable nouns, has been found to be much more frequent than in other domains and registers. A contrastive study follows, which examines how little has been translated in an English-Spanish parallel corpus; the results show that diminutives constitute an important equivalent. Finally, some didactic implications are proposed, with the application of corpus-based findings to the teaching of English to young Spanish learners from an approach that combines lexical syllabi and story-based methodologies.

Funding information

This paper has been financially supported by project FFI2016-75672-R (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness).


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