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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
Spanish
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.

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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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