"Contextual vocabulary acquisition (CVA) is the active, deliberate acquisition of a meaning for a word in a text by
reasoning from context, where “context” includes: (1) the reader’s “internalization” of the surrounding text, i.e., the
reader’s “mental model” of the word’s “textual context” (or “co-text”: Brown & Yule 1983: 46–50, citing Halliday;
Haastrup 1991) integrated with (2) the reader’s prior knowledge (including (a) the reader’s knowledge of language
and (b) meaning hypotheses developed by the reader from prior encounters with the word), but it excludes (3) external
sources of help such as dictionaries or people."
To NES and NNES. Can you take a look at this and tell me what you think? How does a reader's PK affect the intended meaning of a word, expression, or other? How does it affect the intended cotext (i.e. the textual context)
"Robin" as cotext. How the reader's PK (prior knowledge) can affect the reception of intended cotext.
Did you halt, even for a second, when you came to the pronoun above?"Robin decided to wake early that morning. The weather was beautiful, and therefore sleep was not an option. She put on her nightgown and went downstairs to let the cat in."
How about here?
What happened when you came to the word "leapt" and then the pronoun "her"?"Robin decided to wake early that morning. The weather was beautiful, and therefore sleep was not an option. He shook his head, stretched his eyes wide and leapt onto a nearby branch to better observe her domain.