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Between- and within-language priming is the same: evidence for shared bilingual syntactic representations
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2011 (English)In: Memory & Cognition, ISSN 0090-502X, E-ISSN 1532-5946, Vol. 39, no 2, 276-290 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two structural-priming experiments investigated how bilinguals represent syntactic structures. According to the shared-syntax account (Hartsuiker, Pickering, & Veltkamp, 2004), bilinguals have a single syntactic representation for structures that exist in both languages, whereas separate-syntax accounts claim that the representations for these structures are language specific. Our experiments tested native speakers of Swedish who were highly proficient in English. The results showed that structural priming within language and between languages was equally strong. This indicates that representations of syntactic structures from different languages are shared and, therefore, supports the shared-syntax account.

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Springer, 2011. Vol. 39, no 2, 276-290 p.
Keyword [en]
bilingualism, second language acquisition, language production, syntactic priming, syntactic representation
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104538DOI: 10.3758/s13421-010-0016-5ISI: 000287507000009PubMedID: 21264625OAI: diva2:822445
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-11 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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