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A psychophysical investigation of language priming effects in two English^French bilinguals

Applied psychophysical methodology, usually reserved for the study of low-level perceptual processes, to the study of language priming effects in 2 bilingual Ss. The finding that bilinguals find words in one language harder to recognize when immediately preceded by a word of their other language was shown to remain robust even after the Ss had become very familiar with the experimental stimuli, thus suggesting that it is a highly automatized, irrepressible effect. The basic language priming effect was dependent on the neighborhood characteristics of the prime words, but mainly at short prime exposures. At longer durations, only the language of the prime (English or French) played a role. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)



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