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ERIC Number: EJ914723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Bilingual Reading of Compound Words
Ko, In Yeong; Wang, Min; Kim, Say Young
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v40 n1 p49-73 Feb 2011
The present study investigated whether bilingual readers activate constituents of compound words in one language while processing compound words in the other language via decomposition. Two experiments using a lexical decision task were conducted with adult Korean-English bilingual readers. In Experiment 1, the lexical decision of real English compound words was more accurate when the translated compounds (the combination of the translation equivalents of the constituents) in Korean (the nontarget language) were real words than when they were nonwords. In Experiment 2, when the frequency of the second constituents of compound words in English (the target language) was manipulated, the effect of lexical status of the translated compounds was greater on the compounds with high-frequency second constituents than on those with low-frequency second constituents in the target language. Together, these results provided evidence for morphological decomposition and cross-language activation in bilingual reading of compound words.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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