Language switching across modalities: evidence from bimodal bilinguals

Autor/a: DIAS, Patricia; VILLAMERIEL, Saúl; GIEZEN, Marcel R.; COSTELLO, Brendan; CARREIRAS, Manuel
Año: 2017
Editorial: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Vol. 43, nº 11 (2017) pp. 1828-1834
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Educación » Adquisición y desarrollo del lenguaje, Educación » Aspectos psicológicos y cognitivos


This study investigated whether language control during language production in bilinguals generalizes across modalities, and to what extent the language control system is shaped by competition for the same articulators. Using a cued language-switching paradigm, we investigated whether switch costs are observed when hearing signers switch between a spoken and a signed language. The results showed an asymmetrical switch cost for bimodal bilinguals on reaction time (RT) and accuracy, with larger costs for the (dominant) spoken language. Our findings suggest important similarities in the mechanisms underlying language selection in bimodal bilinguals and unimodal bilinguals, with competition occurring at multiple levels other than phonology.