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What is "cognate awareness" and does it help in learning L2 and L3 words?

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Lecture within the research area Languages and learning. All interested are welcome!

30 Mar 2021
15:00 - 17:00
Online via Zoom, please email the contact person for link

Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic, University of Warsaw
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Seminar language: English
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What is "cognate awareness" and does it help in learning L2 and L3 words?

In this talk, I will briefly present some discrepancies between linguistic and psycholinguistic research on cognates and false cognates. I will define the notion of "cognate awareness" and discuss how variously this notion is understood in the literature. Then, I will focus on individual differences, including multilingualism, which might be responsible for the awareness of cross-linguistic similarities in language learners. Finally, I will present a series of empirical studies aiming to examine if raising "cognate awareness" leads to a better acquisition of cognates and false cognates.

About the lecturer

Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic

AGNIESZKA OTWINOWSKA-KASZTELANIC, PhD, habil. is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research interests embrace cross-linguistic influences in multilingualism, childhood bilingualism, and language education. She has recently coordinated two projects financed by the Polish National Science Centre: "Orthographic similarity of words and learner's meta-awareness in acquiring foreign vocabulary" and "Cross-linguistic similarity and individual learner differences in acquiring vocabulary in a third language". Agnieszka authored and co-authored of over 50 publications, including a monograph "Cognate vocabulary in language acquisition and use: Attitudes, awareness, activation" (2015, Multilingual Matters). She is also a teacher trainer and an author of several course book series for teaching English in Polish schools.