Semantic priming effects can be modulated by crosslinguistic interactions during second-language auditory word recognition

Sara Guediche*, Martijn Baart, Arthur Samuel

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Abstract

The current study investigates how second language auditory word recognition, in early and highly proficient Spanish–Basque (L1-L2) bilinguals, is influenced by crosslinguistic phonological-lexical interactions and semantic priming. Phonological overlap between a word and its translation equivalent (phonological cognate status), and semantic relatedness of a preceding prime were manipulated. Experiment 1 examined word recognition performance in noisy listening conditions that introduce a high degree of uncertainty, whereas Experiment 2 employed clear listening conditions, with low uncertainty. Under noisy listening conditions, semantic priming effects interacted with phonological cognate status: for word recognition accuracy, a related prime overcame inhibitory effects of phonological overlap between target words and their translations. These findings are consistent with models of bilingual word recognition that incorporate crosslinguistic phonological-lexical-semantic interactions. Moreover, they suggest an interplay between L2-L1 interactions and the integration of information across acoustic and semantic levels of processing in flexibly mapping the speech signal onto the spoken words, under adverse listening conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1082-1092
JournalBilingualism: Language and Cognition
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • ACTIVATION
  • COGNATE STATUS
  • EMBEDDED WORDS
  • ENGLISH BILINGUALS
  • IDENTIFICATION
  • LANGUAGE
  • LEXICAL COMPETITION
  • PROFICIENCY
  • SPEECH-IN-NOISE
  • TRANSLATION
  • cognate effects
  • lexical decision
  • lexical-semantics
  • speech in noise
  • speech perception

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