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Title: A MEGASTUDY ON THE EFFECTS OF L1 AND L2 PROFICIENCY ON MASKED TRANSLATION PRIMING ASYMMETRY: EVIDENCE FROM ENGLISH-CHINESE BILINGUALS AND CHINESE-ENGLISH BILINGUALS
Authors: TEOH JIE YU
Keywords: bilingualism
masked translation priming asymmetry
lexical decision
language proficiency
Issue Date: 4-Nov-2019
Citation: TEOH JIE YU (2019-11-04). A MEGASTUDY ON THE EFFECTS OF L1 AND L2 PROFICIENCY ON MASKED TRANSLATION PRIMING ASYMMETRY: EVIDENCE FROM ENGLISH-CHINESE BILINGUALS AND CHINESE-ENGLISH BILINGUALS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The masked translation priming asymmetry, i.e., robust L1-L2 priming but weak or null L2-L1 priming, in the Lexical Decision Task (LDT) is an important area of research in bilingualism. Based on the two bilingual lexicon models, namely Revised Hierarchical Model (RHM) and Bilingual Interactive Activation Plus Model (BIA+), L2 proficiency has been postulated to be a critical moderator for the asymmetry. Yet, findings on the moderating effects of L2 proficiency in the extant literature have been mixed. Additionally, the literature on translation priming effects for different writing systems is scarce. The present study aims to examine the influences of L1 and L2 proficiency on masked translation priming in English-Chinese and Chinese-English bilinguals using a megastudy approach. L1-L2 and L2-L1 priming in the LDT were examined for both groups of bilinguals. Results showed that masked translation priming asymmetry was observed in both groups of bilinguals. Interestingly, significant L2-L1 priming, which was mostly absent in previous studies, was observed for both groups of bilinguals. Another key finding was that L1, instead of L2, proficiency moderated both L1-L2 and L2-L1 priming for Chinese-English bilinguals. Theoretical implications on the bilingual lexicon models are discussed.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/157732
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