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ERIC Number: EJ881806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0093-934X
Do U Txt? Event-Related Potentials to Semantic Anomalies in Standard and Texted English
Berger, Natalie I.; Coch, Donna
Brain and Language, v113 n3 p135-148 Jun 2010
Texted English is a hybrid, technology-based language derived from standard English modified to facilitate ease of communication via instant and text messaging. We compared semantic processing of texted and standard English sentences by recording event-related potentials in a classic semantic incongruity paradigm designed to elicit an N400 effect. In participants fluent in both text and standard English, an N400 effect was elicited in both the texted and standard English conditions. The amplitude and distribution of the N400 effect (300-500ms) in the texted and standard English conditions were similar, but the text semantic incongruity effect was characterized by a delayed peak latency and an extended duration into the 500-700ms epoch. This pattern of results replicates previous findings regarding differences in the N400 effect in native and non-native language processing, but for the first time extends the bilingual ERP literature to include the technological phenomenon of texted English. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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