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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

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Academic Paper


Title: Individual differences in inhibitory control relate to bilingual spoken word processing
Author: Julie Mercier
Institution: McGill University
Author: Irina Pivneva
Institution: McGill University
Author: Debra Titone
Institution: McGill University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: English
French
Abstract: We investigated whether individual differences in inhibitory control relate to bilingual spoken word recognition. While their eye movements were monitored, native English and native French English–French bilinguals listened to English words (e.g., field) and looked at pictures corresponding to the target, a within-language competitor (feet), a French cross-language competitor (fille “girl”), or both, and unrelated filler pictures. We derived cognitive and oculomotor inhibitory control measures from a battery of inhibitory control tasks. Increased cognitive inhibitory control was linked to less within-language competition for all bilinguals, and less cross-language competition for native French low-English-exposure bilinguals. Increased oculomotor inhibitory control was linked to less within-language competition for all native French bilinguals, and less cross-language competition for native French low-English-exposure bilinguals. The results extend previous findings (Blumenfeld & Marian, 2011), and suggest that individual differences in inhibitory control relate to bilingual spoken word processing.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 17, Issue 1.

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