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Academic Paper

Title: Translation equivalents facilitate lexical access in very young bilinguals
Author: Diane Poulin-Dubois
Author: Olivia Kuzyk
Author: Jacqueline Legacy
Author: Pascal Zesiger
Author: Margaret Friend
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Translation
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The present study investigated the impact of translation equivalents (TE) on lexical processing in a sample of 36 French–English bilingual toddlers at 22-months of age. Children were administered the Computerized Comprehension Task (CCT; Friend & Keplinger, 2003) in each language and parents completed the MacArthur Bates Communicative Development Inventory (CDI) in both English and French across two visits (one language per visit). Correct trials on the CCT were identified and classified into one of two categories: words with a known TE as reported on the CDI and words without a known TE on the CDI. Reaction times for correct trials were averaged and compared for each of the bilinguals’ languages. Interestingly, children were faster to retrieve words with a known TE on the CDI than words with no known TE. The present findings suggest that the translation facilitation effects reported in adult bilinguals are also present in very young bilinguals.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 21, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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