ERIC Number: ED244514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Semantic Theory, Comprehension, and Bilingualism.
Semantic theory, its relationship to comprehension, the nature and function of semantic memory, and results of some research on semantic memory and bilinguals are discussed through a review of recent literature. The findings discussed seem to confirm these general observations regarding semantic memory and bilinguals: (1) there is integration and storage of semantic information from various modalities in memory; (2) one semantic memory exists in bilinguals with labels from each of the language systems; (3) the preferred processing strategies of early bilinguals for verbal stimuli are analytic and semantic; (4) vocabulary items from different languages are closely and automatically connected in semantic memory, and the bilingual can turn off his nonactive language; (5) bilinguals process semantic memory information in the same way in their two languages in the same manner as monolinguals; and (6) semantic relationships between words in different languages influence tasks involving secondary memory. Semantic memory in bilinguals remains a challenging research topic, since there is much more to learn. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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