A1 Journal article – refereed
Spoken second language words activate native language orthographic information in late second language learners

List of Authors: Outi Veivo, Vincent Porretta, Jukka Hyönä, Juhani Järvikivi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Applied Psycholinguistics
Journal name in source: Applied Psycholinguistics
Volume number: 39
Issue number: 5
Number of pages: 22
ISSN: 0142-7164
eISSN: 1469-1817


This study investigated the time course of activation of orthographic
information in spoken word recognition with two visual world
eye-tracking experiments in a task where second language (L2) spoken
word forms had to be matched with their printed referents. Participants (n
= 64) were native Finnish learners of L2 French ranging from beginners
to highly proficient. In Experiment 1, L2 targets (e.g., /sidʀ/) were presented with either orthographically overlapping onset competitors (e.g., /sɛ̃tʀ/) or phonologically overlapping onset competitors ( /sikl/). In Experiment 2, L2 targets (e.g., /pom/) were associated with competitors in Finnish, L1 of the participants, in conditions symmetric to Experiment 1 ( /pauhu/ vs.
/pom:i/). In the within-language experiment (Experiment 1), the
difference in target identification between the experimental conditions
was not significant. In the between-language experiment (Experiment 2),
orthographic information impacted the mapping more in lower proficiency
learners, and this effect was observed 600 ms after the target word
onset. The influence of proficiency on the matching was nonlinear:
proficiency impacted the mapping significantly more in the lower half of
the proficiency scale in both experiments. These results are discussed
in terms of coactivation of orthographic and phonological information in
L2 spoken word recognition.

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