CLS Speaker Series - Holger Hopp (Universität Mannheim) Bilingual lexical activation in L2 sentence processing
Dec 11, 2015
from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM
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Bilingual lexical activation in L2 sentence processing
In this talk, I will explore different aspects of how lexical representations and lexical processing affects the time-course and the outcome in native and non-native sentence processing. Research on the bilingual mental lexicon shows that bilinguals have interconnected lexical representations (non-selective access) and that bilinguals encode “Weaker Links” between word forms and lemmatic and conceptual information in their L2 than their L1. In three experiments on the processing of gender agreement in L2 German, on the parsing of reduced relative clauses and cleft sentences in L2 English, I explore the consequences of bilingual lexical co-activation and delays in lexical retrieval for L2 sentence processing. I will argue that many differences between native and non-native sentence comprehension that have hitherto been claimed to reflect morphosyntactic deficits in adult L2 sentence processing follow from the structure of the bilingual mental lexicon.