Asymmetrical priming effects : an exploration of trilingual German–English–French lexico-semantic memory

Tytus, Agnieszka Ewa

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
Volume: 46
Issue number: 6
Page range: 1625-1644
Place of publication: New York, NY [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
ISSN: 0090-6905 , 1573-6555
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Anglistik I - Anglistische Linguistik (Tracy 1995-2019)
Subject: 400 Language, linguistics
Abstract: The growing number of multilingual speakers poses an interesting question as to the way in which three or more languages are represented in the memory of a language user. The Revised Hierarchical Model (Kroll and Stewart in J Mem Lang 33: 149–174, 1994) or the Sense Model (Finkbeiner et al. in J Mem Lang 51(1), 1–22, 2004) skillfully capture the prediction regarding two languages, with the lexical level being separate and the conceptual one being unified or distributed to a varying degree. In this set of experiments, we employed primed animacy decision tasks to address the lexico-semantic representation of trilingual German–English–French speakers. The comparison of reaction times has revealed priming effects from L1 to L2 and from L2 to L1, both with prime duration of 100 and 50ms; a priming asymmetry effect between the L2 and L3 language directions; and no interaction between L1 and L3. The aggregated findings point to a hybrid representation, with both compound and coordinate representations being possible.

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