15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


The Representation of Native and Non-Native Lexical Items in Early Bilinguals

Nuria Sebastian-Galles, Laura Bosch

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

In a series of two experiments the representation of L2 words and non-words was analyzed. Catalan-Spanish bilinguals, differing in their L1, were asked to perform a lexical decision task on Catalan words and non-words. Non-words were based on real words, but with one vowel replaced. Critically, this vowel change could involve a Catalan contrast which Spanish natives find difficult to perceive. The results confirmed and extended our previous results in that in spite of early and intensive exposure, Spanish-dominant bilinguals fail to perceive some Catalan-contrasts and that this failure has consequences at the lexical level.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sebastian-Galles, Nuria / Bosch, Laura (2003): "The representation of native and non-native lexical items in early bilinguals", In ICPhS-15, 2885-2888.