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ERIC Number: EJ924657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
An Analysis of English-Spanish Cognates as a Source of General Academic Language
Lubliner, Shira; Hiebert, Elfrieda H.
Bilingual Research Journal, v34 n1 p76-93 2011
Three analyses of Spanish-English cognates were conducted, with the purpose of identifying features that might facilitate or inhibit bilingual students' cognate recognition and cross-language transfer of vocabulary knowledge. Results revealed that both the General Service List and the Academic Word List (AWL) contain a substantial number of English-Spanish cognates, a high percentage of which can be categorized by 1 of 20 cognate patterns. Orthographic and phonological transparencies were analyzed, suggesting that cognates are more transparent in terms of orthography than phonology. A frequency analysis indicated that most AWL cognates are more common in Spanish than in English. Results suggest that carefully designed cognate instruction may provide Spanish-speaking students with a "cognate advantage" in comprehending English academic texts. (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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