Event-related potentials reveal evidence for syntactic co-activation in bilingual language processing A replication of Sanoudaki and Thierry (2014, 2015)

Alicia Luque, Nethaum Mizyed, Kara Morgan-Short

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Abstract

A critical question about bilingualism is how two or more languages are processed in the bilingual mind (e.g., Kroll, Bobb, & Hoshino, 2014). Previous research shows that bilinguals' languages interact, at least at the lexical and phonological levels. Relatively little research has addressed whether this occurs at the syntactic level during sentence processing. One event-related potential study with Welsh-English bilinguals showed co-activation of syntactic properties of one language that affected processing of the other language (Sanoudaki & Thierry, 2014, 2015). The current study replicates Sanoudaki and Thierry with Spanish-English bilinguals, and the results largely reproduce their findings of syntactic co-activation during sentence processing. These converging results have implications for theories about bilingual language processing regarding how syntax may interact in the bilingual mind.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCode-switching � Experimental Answers to Theoretical Questions In honor of Kay Gonz�lez-Vilbazo
EditorsLuis Lopez
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages177-193
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789027263544
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameIssues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
Volume19
ISSN (Print)2213-3887

Keywords

  • Bilingualism
  • Co-activation
  • Event-related potentials
  • Language processing
  • N200
  • Response-inhibition
  • Syntax

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