30th Oct 2013 4:30pm
Checkland Building, E513
'Social category activation in bilingual memory'
Dr Anita Szakay, QMUL: 'Social category activation in bilingual memory'.
Psycholinguistic studies on bilingualism generally investigate how linguistic information is shared between a listener’s first language (L1) and second language (L2) at the conceptual level and in the lexicon. At the same time speech perception studies examine how social information affects language processing and representation. This project brings these two lines of research together and proposes a new type of link between the L1 and L2. The study demonstrates that the L1 and L2 are connected through a social category activation link, in addition to previously proposed conceptual and lexical links. In particular, I show that the activation of ethnicity operates under a shared system across the L1 and L2 during both immediate speech processing and long-term abstract representations. This claim is supported by sensitivity and reaction time results from two priming experiments.
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