Mark Amengual: “Living in Two Languages: Lexical Effects in Bilingual Production”

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Mark Amengual: “Living in Two Languages: Lexical Effects in Bilingual Production”

April 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

| Humanities 1, Room 210 | Free

In this talk I will present the results of an experiment that investigates voice onset times (VOTs) to determine if cognates enhance the cross-°©‐language phonetic influences in the speech production of a range of Spanish–English bilinguals: Spanish heritage speakers, English heritage speakers, advanced L2 Spanish learners, and advanced L2 English learners.

To answer this question, lexical items with considerable phonological, semantic, and orthographic overlap (cognates) and lexical items with no phonological overlap with their English translation equivalents (non-°©‐cognates) were examined. The results indicate that there is a significant effect of cognate status in the Spanish production of VOT by Spanish–English bilinguals.

These bilinguals produced /t/ with longer VOT values (more English-°©‐like) in the Spanish production of cognates compared to non-°©‐cognate words. It is proposed that the exemplar model of lexical representation (Bybee, 2001; Pierrehumbert, 2001) can be extended to include bilingual lexical connections by which cognates facilitate phonetic interference in the bilingual mental lexicon.

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Date:
April 22, 2015
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Languages and Applied Linguistics
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(831) 459-2054
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languages@ucsc.edu
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Humanities 1, Room 210
Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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