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ERIC Number: EJ1041666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Cross-Language Translation Priming Asymmetry with Chinese-English Bilinguals: A Test of the Sense Model
Chen, Baoguo; Zhou, Huixia; Gao, Yiwen; Dunlap, Susan
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v43 n3 p225-240 Jun 2014
The present study aimed to test the Sense Model of cross-linguistic masked translation priming asymmetry, proposed by Finkbeiner et al. ("J Mem Lang" 51:1-22, 2004), by manipulating the number of senses that bilingual participants associated with words from both languages. Three lexical decision experiments were conducted with Chinese-English bilinguals. In Experiment 1, polysemous L2 words and their L1 Chinese single-sense translation equivalents were selected as primes and targets. In Experiment 2, single-sense L1 words and their L2 translation equivalents with polysemous senses severed as primes and targets. We found translation priming effects in the L1-L2 direction, but not in the L2-L1 direction. In Experiment 3, presentation time of the L2 priming stimulus was prolonged, and significant translation priming effects were observed in the L2-L1 direction. These findings suggest that the Sense Model does not adequately explain cross-language translation priming asymmetry. The sense numbers of primes and targets, as well as the activation proportion of these senses between them, were possibly not the primary reason for cross-language translation priming asymmetry. The revised hierarchical model (Kroll and Stewart in "J Mem Lang" 33:149-174, 1994) and the BIA+ model (Dijkstra and van Heuven in "Bilingualism Lang Cognit" 5:175-197, 2002) better explain the cross-language translation priming asymmetry we found.
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Language: English
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