Who Can Guess Better? The Relationship Between Word Class and Learners’ Style

Document Type : Original Article


Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran


The present study investigated the relationship between words’ part of speech (noun, verb, adjectives), guessing ability, and learners’ style of field independence/ dependence. One hundred thirty two subjects participated in the study. The participants were required to guess the meaning of non-sense words belonging to certain word categories. The results of the study showed that a word’s part speech will influence the ease with which its meaning is guessed. In addition, the study found that there is a positive relationship between the cognitive style of field independence and the learners’ guessing ability.