Cross-language and cross-modal activation in hearing bimodal bilinguals

Autor/a: VILLAMERIEL, Saúl; DIAS, Patricia; COSTELLO, Brendan; CARREIRAS, Manuel
Año: 2016
Editorial: Journal of Memory and Language, Vol. 87 (2016) pp. 59-70
Tipo de código: DOI
Código: 10.1016/j.jml.2015.1
Soporte: Digital


Educación » Adquisición y desarrollo del lenguaje, Lingüística


This study investigates cross-language and cross-modal activation in bimodal bilinguals. Two groups of hearing bimodal bilinguals, natives (Experiment 1) and late learners (Experiment 2), for whom spoken Spanish is their dominant language and Spanish Sign Language (LSE) their non-dominant language, performed a monolingual semantic decision task with word pairs heard in Spanish. Half of the word pairs had phonologically related signed translations in LSE. The results showed that bimodal bilinguals were faster at judging semantically related words when the equivalent signed translations were phonologically related while they were slower judging semantically unrelated word pairs when the LSE translations were phonologically related. In contrast, monolingual controls with no knowledge of LSE did not show any of these effects. The results indicate cross-language and cross-modal activation of the non-dominant language in hearing bimodal bilinguals, irrespective of the age of acquisition of the signed language.