Evidence for the inhibitory control -based language -non specific lexical selection in bilinguals

Krishnan, Gopee and Tiwari, Shivani (2010) Evidence for the inhibitory control -based language -non specific lexical selection in bilinguals. Journal of All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (JAIISH), 29 (1). pp. 47-54.

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In the context of the ongoing and overwhelming debate on the 'language-specific' versus 'language non-specific' nature of bilingual lexical selection, the current study aimed at investigating this issue using a 'semantic relatedness judgment' paradigm. A group of proficient Malayalam-English bilinguals were required to judge the semantic relatedness (i.e., semantically related vs. unrelated) of word pairs in two language conditions (viz. monolingual – L2-L2 & cross-lingual – L2-L1).The semantically related monolingual and cross-lingual stimuli were judged faster compared to their semantically unrelated counterparts. Monolingual word pairs were judged faster compared to their cross-lingual counterparts both in the semantically related and unrelated conditions. Findings of the present study supported the 'language non-specific' nature of lexical selection in bilinguals. In addition to this, it also provided evidence for the role of inhibitory control of the non-target language in bilingual lexical selection.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bilingualism, Language-specific lexical selection, Language non-specific lexical selection, Semantic system
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 04:24
Last Modified: 22 May 2012 04:24
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76474

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