NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1177020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Investigating Dimensions of Metalinguistic Awareness: What Think-Aloud Protocols Revealed about the Cognitive Processes Involved in Positive Transfer from L2 to L3
Woll, Nina
Language Awareness, v27 n1-2 p167-185 2018
The present research examines the role of metalinguistic awareness (MLA) in positive transfer from a second to a third language. The main focus is on levels of metalinguistic reflection which emerged from the analysis of think-aloud protocols (TAPs). Previously, a reflexive dimension of MLA was established by means of the "Test d'habiletés métalinguistiques," which required participants to reflect on semantic and morphosyntactic aspects of their native language French. Introspective verbal data collected during a translation task revealed an applied dimension of MLA, which was shown to impact the extent to which unknown words in the target language German (L3) were successfully translated into the participants' native language French based on the positive influence of their second language English (L2). Besides the fact that this applied dimension of MLA was the strongest predictor of positive transfer, our observations point to the invaluable contribution of introspective data to complement findings based on language-inherent characteristics of crosslinguistic influence. [This paper was presented at the 13th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness, Vienna, July 2016.]
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 530 Walnut Street Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Tel: 215-625-8900; Fax: 215-207-0050; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A