Uncovering bilingual memory representations

Goh, Winston D., Suárez, Lidia, and Yeo, Kelly (2014) Uncovering bilingual memory representations. In: Winskel, Heather, and Padakannaya, Prakash, (eds.) South and Southeast Asian Psycholinguistics. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, USA, pp. 305-314.

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[Extract] Recent research has implicated different mental operations in the processing of alphabetic and logographic languages. For example, native Chinese (as opposed to English) speakers appear to directly access the meaning of a written word without the need for phonological coding (Chen et al., 2008; Zhou & Marslen-Wilson, 2009), and different brain structures are involved when processing alphabetic and logographic words (Kim & Kim, 2006).

In this chapter, we give a brief overview of two fundamental issues in the representations of languages in memory: (a) the nature of memory representations in alphabetic versus logographic languages, and (b) activation of memory representations in bilingual speakers (and in particular, bilingual speakers of both alphabetic and logographic languages). We illustrate how a proactive interference paradigm has been applied in these areas using English–Chinese bilinguals from Singapore.

Item ID: 27977
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-107-01776-4
Keywords: bilingualism; memory; phonological activation; psycholinguistics; Asia; language
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2013 04:06
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