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ERIC Number: EJ1057442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Can Bilinguals See It Coming? Word Anticipation in L2 Sentence Reading
Foucart, Alice; Martin, Clara D.; Moreno, Eva M.; Costa, Albert
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v40 n5 p1461-1469 Sep 2014
Why is it more difficult to comprehend a 2nd (L2) than a 1st language (L1)? In the present article we investigate whether difficulties during L2 sentence comprehension come from differences in the way L1 and L2 speakers anticipate upcoming words. We recorded the brain activity (event-related potentials) of Spanish monolinguals, French-Spanish late bilinguals, and Spanish-Catalan early bilinguals while reading sentences in Spanish. We manipulated the ending of highly constrained sentences so that the critical noun was either expected or not. The expected and unexpected nouns were of different gender so that we could observe potential anticipation effects already on the article. In line with previous studies, a modulation of the N400 effect was observed on the article and the noun, followed by an anterior positivity on the noun. Importantly, this pattern was found in all 3 groups, suggesting that, at least when their 2 languages are closely related, bilinguals are able to anticipate upcoming words in a similar manner as monolinguals.
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Language: English
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