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DELTA: Documentação de Estudos em Lingüística Teórica e Aplicada

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HENRIQUES, Eunice R.. Text intercomprehension by native speakers of Portuguese and Spanish. DELTA [online]. 2000, vol.16, n.2, pp.263-295. ISSN 1678-460X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-44502000000200003.

The aim of this paper is to verify the level of text comprehension (reading and translation) in Portuguese, by native speakers of Spanish and vice-versa. The subjects are freshmen, from different fields (300 native speakers of Portuguese and 300 of Spanish), who have never studied the other language neither as a second (L2) nor as a foreign language (FL). The results show that, in each group of subjects, there is a high level of comprehension of the foreign language, which varies from 58% to 94%, depending on the context and on the lexical/semantic similarity (or difference) between the key-words in the texts used in this research.

Keywords : Text Intercomprehension; Portuguese; Spanish; Lexical/Semantic Levels.

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