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Is translation priming asymmetry due to partial awareness of the prime

Is translation priming asymmetry due to partial awareness of the prime

Wang, Xin and Forster, Kenneth (2015) Is translation priming asymmetry due to partial awareness of the prime. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18 (4). pp. 657-669. ISSN 1366-7289 (Print), 1469-1841 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728914000650)

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Abstract

A 50ms prime duration is often adopted in both L1-L2 and L2-L1 directions in the cross-language priming paradigm. It is unknown how aware bilinguals are of the briefly presented primes of different scripts; and whether the degree of awareness of L1 and L2 primes is at a similar level. Kouider and Dupoux’s (2004) proposal of partial awareness suggests that 50ms English primes were sufficient to make a semantic interpretation. It is unclear whether this is the case when processing one’s L2 or a different script. Experiment 1 was designed to measure the comparable prime durations for semantic interpretation of Chinese primes vs. English primes. Experiment 2 tested whether partial awareness of primes would cause priming asymmetry. Our findings demonstrate that a 50ms prime duration gave rise to different degrees of semantic activation in different scripts and L1/L2. However, increasing prime duration on L2 primes did not produce L2-L1 priming.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Cambridge University Press 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Translation priming, Bilingual lexicon, Partial awareness
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 14:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14775

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