The Multilingual Brain: An Experimental Study
Keywords:Multilingualism, multilingualism in the brain, semantic priming, independent model, BIA model, revised hierarchical model.
This study investigates the organization of the mental lexicon in the multilingual brain in order to determine whether there is interaction between the lexicons of a speaker’s different languages. We performed a cross-language semantic priming experiment with Dutch native speakers having varying levels of French. We analysed our data in view of three models: the independent model (Kolers, 1963), the revised hierarchical model (Kroll & Steward, 2002) and the BIA+ model (Dijkstra et al, 2002). Our results support the independent model in which there is suggested that there is no interaction between the mental lexicons of the speakers’ languages.
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