Title: The multilingual reader : advantages in understanding and decoding German sentence structure when reading German as an L3
Authors : Peyer, Elisabeth
Kaiser, Irmtraud
Berthele, Raphael
Published in : International Journal of Multilingualism
Volume(Issue) : 7
Issue : 3
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2010
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Mehrsprachigkeit; Leseverstehen
Subject (DDC) : 404.2: Bilingualism and multilingualism
Abstract: This study investigates Italian and French students' grammatical problems while reading in German as an L3 or L4. For the study, we developed a reading test which consists of invented encyclopaedia articles on imaginary animals. These articles enabled us to test various grammatical structures for their receptive difficulty. This paper discusses the relationship between students' reading competence in their other foreign languages (mostly English, French or Italian, or Spanish) and their results on our German-reading test. Our results show that especially the less advanced readers of German benefit from their English-reading competence. With increasing competence in German, the influence of English decreases. Furthermore, correlations between the German-reading test and students' overall foreign-language-reading competence hint at possible advantages of being multilingual. Thus, we will aim at exploring to what extent receptive competences in other foreign languages serve to compensate for weaknesses in the knowledge of the target language, in the hope of complementing existing research on reading in an L3.
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1080/14790711003599443
ISSN: 1479-0718
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/15180
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