Cross-language priming as a means of investigating bilingual conceptual representations : a comparison of visual and auditory modality

Tytus, Agnieszka Ewa ; Rundblad, Gabriella

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism
Volume: 6
Issue number: 4
Page range: 440-466
Place of publication: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Publishing house: Benjamins
ISSN: 1879-9264 , 1879-9272
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Anglistik I - Anglistische Linguistik (Tracy 1995-2019)
Subject: 400 Language, linguistics
Abstract: Cross language priming in the visual modality is a well established paradigm that offers insights into the representation of the bilingual mental lexicon; however, here we employ a novel form of priming, i.e. an animacy decision task, to test previous outcomes. In addition, this study is the first to carry out an auditory priming task with bilingual Chinese-English speakers. Thus, we report on two experiments in which participants decided whether visually (Experiment 1) or auditorily (Experiment 2) presented stimuli were exemplars of living entities or non-living things. The tasks allowed for addressing the priming effect, the priming asymmetry effect, and in turn allowed for testing the Revised Hierarchical Model (Kroll & Stewart, 1994). Priming effects, where related targets were responded to more rapidly compared to unrelated targets, were observed in both modalities in the L1 to L2 condition; however, no priming effects were found from L2 to L1. The findings obtained in this study support the use of primed animacy decision tasks in either modality as a valid tool of investigating bilingual lexical memory. Also, the observed priming effects allow for retaining the RHM in its original form.

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