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ERIC Number: ED230272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Automatic Processing of Word Meaning by Bilingual Children: Intralingual And Interlingual Interference.
Goodman, Gail S.; And Others
Automatic processing of word meaning by bilingual children was studied in a picture/word interference task. Thirty elementary and junior high students, fluent in French and English, named pictures as rapidly as possible while attempting to ignore distractor words printed inside the pictures' borders. The printed distractors interfered with naming both on intralingual trials, for which the distractor and name language were the same, and on interlingual trials, for which they were different. The pattern of interference across the six levels of name/distractor relation was similar for the intralingual and interlingual conditions and indicated that at least part of the interference occurred at a semantic level. Results question whether an "input switch" operates for bilingual word processing and suggest implications for the question of single versus dual conceptual systems in bilingual children. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Distractors (Tasks); France; Interference Effects
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