ERIC Number: EJ781110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Factors Influencing L2 Gender Processing
Bordag, Denisa; Pechmann, Thomas
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v10 n3 p299-314 Nov 2007
In four experiments we explored processes underlying L2 gender retrieval. We focused on L1 interference and on the influence of the L2 noun's termination. In Experiments 1 and 2 we tried to manipulate the intensity of L1 interference. We found that L2 speakers cannot eliminate or substantially reduce the interlingual interference neither when they know the response language long in advance in a situation in which code-switching is required (Experiment 1), nor when they are close to the monolingual mode (Experiment 2). Experiments 3 and 4 yielded evidence that gender typicality of the L2 noun's termination also exerts an influence on L2 processing, both in production and comprehension. L2 gender thus does not seem to be stored as a fixed feature as it is assumed for L1. Rather, our data support the assumption that it is computed anew each time when needed for processing. Further implications for modeling are discussed.
Descriptors: Nouns, Monolingualism, Interference (Language), Bilingualism, English (Second Language), Gender Issues, Second Language Learning, Interlanguage, Language Processing
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