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Dr. Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic – Do L2 and L3 learners benefit from training their awareness of cross- linguistic similarity?

March 15, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  |  Humanities 1, Room 202


The Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics Winter Colloquium

Words whose form is similar across languages: cognates (formally and semantically similar) and false cognates (formally similar) are claimed to be learned differently than non-cognates. Raising learners’ “cognate awareness” means consciously focusing their attention on cross-linguistic similarity between L1 and L2 words. However, it is unclear if L2 learners really need to be made aware of cognateness. Another question is whether focusing on L1-L2 similarity is enough, considering that many students are learning a foreign language not as their L2, but as their L3. In this talk I will discuss whether raising “cognate awareness” indeed modulates the effectiveness of learning words in a foreign language. First, I will briefly present two classroom quasi-experiments concerning the acquisition of L2-English cognates and non-cognates by language learners with L1-Polish. Then, I will move on to a naturalistic classroom experiment on learning words in Italian as L3 by L1-Polish learners with L2-English. The talk will present robust and ecologically-valid evidence on acquiring cognates in a foreign language.


 Agnieszka Otwinowska-KasztelanicDr. Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic, The University of Warsaw



March 15, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm