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Title: It Matters How Much You Talk: On the Automaticity of Affective Connotations of First and Second Language Words
Author: Juliane Degner
Institution: University of Amsterdam
Author: Cveta Doycheva
Institution: Ruprecht-Karls-Universit├Ąt Heidelberg
Author: Dirk Wentura
Institution: Saarland University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Semantics
Subject Language: French
German
Abstract: We report the results of an affective priming study conducted with proficient sequential German and French bilinguals to assess automatic affective word processing in L1 and L2. Additionally, a semantic priming task was conducted in both languages. Whereas semantic priming effects occurred in L1 and L2, and significant affective priming effects were found in L1, affective priming effects in L2 were only found for participants with high levels of language immersion and frequency of L2 use. These results suggest that for sequential bilinguals the intensity of L2 use largely determines whether emotional words in L2 automatically activate their affective connotations.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 15, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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