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ERIC Number: EJ894062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Language and thought in Bilinguals: The Case of Grammatical Number and Nonverbal Classification Preferences
Athanasopoulos, Panos; Kasai, Chise
Applied Psycholinguistics, v29 n1 p105-123 Jan 2008
Recent research shows that speakers of languages with obligatory plural marking (English) preferentially categorize objects based on common shape, whereas speakers of nonplural-marking classifier languages (Yucatec and Japanese) preferentially categorize objects based on common material. The current study extends that investigation to the domain of bilingualism. Japanese and English monolinguals, and Japanese-English bilinguals were asked to match novel objects based on either common shape or color. Results showed that English monolinguals selected shape significantly more than Japanese monolinguals, whereas the bilinguals shifted their cognitive preferences as a function of their second language proficiency. The implications of these findings for conceptual representation and cognitive processing in bilinguals are discussed.
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Language: English
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