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ERIC Number: EJ1151647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
Do Bilinguals Automatically Activate Their Native Language When They Are Not Using It?
Costa, Albert; Pannunzi, Mario; Deco, Gustavo; Pickering, Martin J.
Cognitive Science, v41 n6 p1629-1644 Aug 2017
Most models of lexical access assume that bilingual speakers activate their two languages even when they are in a context in which only one language is used. A critical piece of evidence used to support this notion is the observation that a given word automatically activates its translation equivalent in the other language. Here, we argue that these findings are compatible with a different account, in which bilinguals "carry over" the structure of their native language to the non-native language during learning, and where there is no activation of translation equivalents. To demonstrate this, we describe a model in which language learning involves mapping native language phonological relationships to the non-native language, and we show how it can explain the results attributed to automatic activation of translation equivalents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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