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Title: Spanish-speaking students' use of cognate knowledge to infer the meaning of English words
Author: Cheryl Dressler
Author: Maria S Carlo
Institution: University of Miami
Author: Catherine E Snow
Institution: Harvard University
Author: Diane August
Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics
Author: Claire E White
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This research examines the processes which native Spanish-speaking learners of English and English-only students engage in when inferring meaning for unknown English words that have Spanish cognates. Conducted within the context of a large-scale vocabulary intervention that taught word inferencing strategies, including a cognate strategy, this qualitative study describes cognate strategy use among a small sample of participants. The data suggest that explicit instruction, students' metalinguistic and metacognitive skills, and the structural characteristics of cognate pairs are associated with cognate recognition.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 14, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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