ERIC Number: EJ894063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
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Bilingual Language Representation and Cognitive Processes in Translation
Hatzidaki, Anna; Pothos, Emmanuel M.
Applied Psycholinguistics, v29 n1 p125-150 Jan 2008
A "text"-translation task and a recognition task investigated the hypothesis that "semantic memory" principally mediates translation from a bilingual's native first language (L1) to her second language (L2), whereas "lexical memory" mediates translation from L2 to L1. This has been held for word translation by the revised hierarchical model (RHM) of Kroll and Stewart. The results from Greek, English, and French fluent bilinguals showed semantic errors in L1-L2 direction and lexical errors in L2-L1 direction in the translation task as RHM would predict, but not semantic effects in L1-L2 direction in the word recognition task. These findings suggest a flexible use of conceptual and lexical connections that fluent bilinguals engage, depending upon the cognitive processes required by the task at hand.
Descriptors: Semantics, Memory, Translation, Word Recognition, Bilingualism, Greek, French, English, Cognitive Processes, Second Languages, Applied Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Native Speakers, Error Analysis (Language)
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