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International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching

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Volume 53, Issue 1

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The lifespan development of cognate guessing skills in an unknown related language

Jan Vanhove
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Published Online: 2015-02-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/iral-2015-0001

Abstract

This study investigates the lifespan development of the ability to correctly guess the meaning of foreign-language words with known translation-equivalent cognates. It also aims to identify the cognitive and linguistic factors driving this development. To this end, 159 German-speaking Swiss participants aged 10 to 86 were asked to translate 45 written and 45 spoken isolated Swedish words with German, English or French cognates. In addition, they were administered an English language test, a German vocabulary test as well as fluid intelligence and working memory tests. Cognate guessing skills were found to improve into young adulthood, but whereas they show additional increases in the written modality throughout adulthood, they start to decrease from age 50 onwards for spoken stimuli. Congruently with these findings, L1 vocabulary knowledge is a stronger predictor of written cognate guessing success, whereas fluid intelligence is the most important predictor in the spoken modality. Raw data and computer code used for the analyses are freely available online.

Keywords: cognates; inferencing; lifespan development; receptive multilingualism; transfer

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Published Online: 2015-02-28

Published in Print: 2015-03-01


Citation Information: International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, Volume 53, Issue 1, Pages 1–38, ISSN (Online) 1613-4141, ISSN (Print) 0019-042X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/iral-2015-0001.

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