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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(16); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.051602.

A Discussion of the Application of Context Theory in English Vocabulary Teaching


Li Li

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Li Li

College of Education, Xi’an International Studies University, Xi’an, China


Vocabulary is the basis of English learning and plays a significant role in language usage and informal communication. Context plays an important part in restricting the meaning of words in sentences or passages. This paper mainly analyzes the restrictive mechanism of context on lexical meaning and the forms of restriction through giving and illustrating examples. The selected examples include both utterances and written expressions. This paper chooses some typical viewpoints on classification of context in existing theory or study, and makes analysis from three levels: the linguistic context, the situational context and the cultural context. And the three levels can be further divided into more specific aspects, from which context can be interpreted from multiple perspectives to support and enrich the whole analysis. This paper chooses to study the restriction of context on lexical meaning in order to demonstrate the importance of context and provide inspiration for English vocabulary teaching.


context; restriction; vocabulary teaching

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Li Li. A Discussion of the Application of Context Theory in English Vocabulary Teaching. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 16: 8-13. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.051602.


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