Priming Dutch-English Interlingual Homographs

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2023-06-26
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The present study investigated the processing of Dutch-English interlingual homographs in bilingual participants through a primed lexical decision task. While cognates are generally responded to faster than control words, interlingual homographs often show an inhibition effect. The degree of inhibition is influenced by the specific task demands. In the current study, interlingual homographs were primed with a word semantically related to either the English reading or the Dutch reading, or with a semantically unrelated prime. Matched English control words were also primed with a semantically related or semantically unrelated prime. The results of this experiment indicate that interlingual homographs were responded to significantly slower than matched control words. Reaction times were also slower for semantically unrelated pairs than for related pairs. There were no significant differences in reaction times found between interlingual homographs that were primed with a word related to the English reading and interlingual homographs that were primed with a word related to the Dutch reading.
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