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ERIC Number: EJ846322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0889-9401
An Analog Study of First Language Dominance and Interference over Second Language
Houmanfar, R.; Hayes, L. J.; Herbst, S. A.
Analysis of Verbal Behavior, v21 p75-98 2005
The purpose of this study was to design a model for "first language" dominance over "second language" performance and the interference of one language over the other. Two sets of equivalence relations showing a common element (i.e., the reference) were established under different contextual conditions. One set ("first language") was over trained relative to the other ("second language"). Dominance of the "first language," as demonstrated in relations involving the common element, was determined by examining performances in the absence of contextual stimuli. Interference by one language over the other was modeled by examining the degree to which resurgence of "first language" and "second language" relations would occur in extinction, following a period of exposure to inconsistent test trials. In addition, both selection-based (i.e., copy text) and topography-based (i.e., intraverbal) equivalence were examined in these areas. The results demonstrated that the development of an analog for a bilingual repertoire, the domination of the "first language" over the "second language" and the interference of one language over the other, were established. (Contains 10 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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