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An examination of L2-L1 noncognate translation priming in the lexical decision task: insights from distributional and frequency-based analyses

An examination of L2-L1 noncognate translation priming in the lexical decision task: insights from distributional and frequency-based analyses

Published in: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Volume 21, Issue 2, 265-277

Abstract
“The main fact that is currently known about the nature of masked L2-L1 noncognate translation priming effects in the lexical decision task is simply that those effects are significant in some studies but not in others. In an effort to better understand these effects, we examined the data pattern for very proficient Japanese–English bilinguals using RT distributional analyses. We also examined the impacts of prime and target frequency on the priming effect. Significant priming was present even on the fastest trials, becoming larger on slower trials. Nonetheless, priming effects were generally constant across prime and target frequency with the only exception being when very high frequency L2 primes were used. In that situation, priming and target frequency were negatively related, a result that essentially produced the observed pattern of increasing priming on slower trials. Implications of these results and potential reasons for the presence/absence of L2-L1 priming effects are discussed.”

Written by: Mariko Nakayama, Stephen J. Lupker, Yoshihiro Itaguchi
For full text: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728917000013

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