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ERIC Number: EJ1112047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Suppression and Working Memory in Auditory Comprehension of L2 Narratives: Evidence from Cross-Modal Priming
Wu, Shiyu; Ma, Zheng
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v45 n5 p1115-1135 Oct 2016
Using a cross-modal priming task, the present study explores whether Chinese-English bilinguals process goal related information during auditory comprehension of English narratives like native speakers. Results indicate that English native speakers adopted both mechanisms of suppression and enhancement to modulate the activation of goals and keep track of the "causal path" in narrative events and that L1 speakers with higher working memory (WM) capacity are more skilled at attenuating interference. L2 speakers, however, experienced the phenomenon of "facilitation-without-inhibition." Their difficulty in suppressing irrelevant information was related to their performance in the test of working memory capacity. For the L2 group with greater working memory capacity, the effects of both enhancement and suppression were found. These findings are discussed in light of a landscape model of L2 text comprehension which highlights the need for WM to be incorporated into comprehensive models of L2 processing as well as theories of SLA.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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