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Alleviating the translation-ambiguity disadvantage: Using a placeholder to signal an upcoming translation

Terrazas Duarte, Gabriela (2019) Alleviating the translation-ambiguity disadvantage: Using a placeholder to signal an upcoming translation. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Translation-ambiguous words are words with two or more translations across languages. These words are remembered less accurately and at slower rates than words with only one translation (so-called translation-unambiguous words; e.g., Eddington & Tokowicz, 2013; Tokowicz & Kroll, 2007). Previous research has investigated different training methods that could reduce the translation-ambiguity disadvantage. Degani et al. (2014) found that presenting multiple translations in the same session improves retention of translation ambiguous words compared to training translations in different sessions. The current study explores the effects of informing second language learners that a word has multiple translations, and that the second one will be presented later in vocabulary training. We predicted that the use of a placeholder will produce similar accuracy results as training both translations in the same session, however, this is only observed when participants’ individual differences are considered.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Terrazas Duarte, Gabrielagterrazas@pitt.edugat380000-0003-2808-152X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTokowicz, Natashatokowicz@pitt.edutokowicz
Committee MemberWarren, Tessatessa@pitt.edutessa
Committee MemberCoutanche, Marcmarc.coutanche@pitt.edumarc.coutanche
Date: 30 January 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 27 July 2018
Approval Date: 30 January 2019
Submission Date: 5 December 2018
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 64
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Second language acquisition, vocabulary acquisition, bilingualism, cognitive
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2019 20:42
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 06:15


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