Linguistics Senior Research Projects

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Spring 5-5-2018


morphological awareness, incidental vocabulary learning, Harry Potter, reading literacy


Whether or not having read Harry Potter affects a person’s knowledge of Latin and Greek roots is an interesting question and one worth researching. Through the literature review, resources on morphological awareness, incidental language learning, and Latin and Greek roots’ effectiveness in the classroom were used to answer this very question. Cedarville University faculty, staff, and students answered a survey that had them guess the meaning of various Latin and Greek roots that appear in Harry Potter. From this, it was concluded that the hypothesis is correct: the Harry Potter readers performed better on the survey; although, there are many factors to consider, such as the demographics of respondents. It was also concluded that Harry Potter would also be a good vessel to teach morphology in school.

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