Paths Of Bilingual Language Processing Through Phonological Activation

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Paths to Bilingual Language Processing Through Phonological Activation Jayshawn L. Anderson
Case Western Reserve University

The proposed study aims to show how bilingual individuals access their native language while reading, speaking, or listening in other language of than their native tongue—commonly referred to as the secondary language. It is unknown what type of whether bilinguals retrieve the spelling or sound of a word when processing language a their acquired language. Using event-related brain potentials, we can demonstrate unconscious access to this information as we administer lexical decision making tasks, using a mix of cognates, homophones, and homographs (Lemhofer, 2004). 40 participant (n=3, 10 control) with varying lengths of exposure to the L2 language will be asked indirectly whether an undefined word or “gibberish” word that resembled the L1, Spanish, or L2, English, phonologically. Whereas spelling repetition in translations had no effect, concealed sound repetition significantly modulated event-related brain potentials (Wu, 2010). We expect results to suggest that processing a second language activates the language center at the phonological level of bilinguals, apparent by the statistical significance of the delay and error rate observed in lexical decision making task marked by homophones.

The latest research on bilingual lexical representation and processing suggest that the two

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