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Mark Maby


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: Centre for Language and Communication Research

PhD Research

In my thesis I am investigating second-language speakers’ knowledge of polysemous words.  Polysemous words are words that have many different but related meanings.  For example, we can use the word ‘hand’ to say ‘He raised his hand,’ or ‘Can you give me a hand with this?’   I’m interested in what senses are known by learners of English and how they come to learn them.

Supervisor: Professor Tess Fitzpatrick

Academic Background

Master of Arts, Second Language Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Honours, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.


Maby, M. (2007). “Over Our Heads: Second language acquisition of polysemous words.”
         Davidson, P., Palfreyman, D., Coombe, C. and Lloyd, D. (Eds.).
         Vocabulary Teaching and Learning in a Second Language.  Dubai: TESOL Arabia.
Maby, M. (2005). How non-native speakers learn polysemous words: A study of the equivalence
         of prototypicality across languages. Montreal: McGill University.

Conferences, symposia and seminars

“I Guess that Makes Sense: A study of learner knowledge of polysemous words.” Learners and          Networks Conference, Swansea University, 2011.
“Guessing meaning through core senses: How do students deepen their understanding of words,          and how can we help them do it better?” TESOL Arabia, 2008.