Quantifying Risk: Verbal Probability Expressions in Spanish and English
Method : Professional translators and university students from Mxico and the United States read a series of likelihood statements in Spanish or English and then estimated the certainty implied by each statement.
Results : Several terms that are regarded as cognates in English and Spanish elicited significantly different likelihood ratings. Several language equivalencies were also identified.
Conclusions : These findings provide the first reported evaluation of Spanish likelihood terms for use in risk communications directed towards monolingual and bilingual Spanish speakers.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX.
Publication date: 2009-05-01
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