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dc.contributor.author Ong, Kenneth Keng Wee.
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Lawrence Jun.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-08T01:28:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-08T01:28:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2009
dc.date.issued 2010-04-08T01:28:33Z
dc.identifier.citation Ong, K. K. W., & Zhang, L. J. (2009). Metalinguistic filters within the bilingual language faculty: a study of young English-Chinese bilinguals. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 39(3), 243-272.
dc.identifier.issn 1573-6555
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/6221
dc.description.abstract This study reports two metalinguistic parameters that constitute the schematic control of lateral inhibitory links between translation equivalents within the bilingual lexico-semantic system of Green’s (1998a,1998b,2007) inhibitory control (IC) model. Building on Green’s postulation that the bilingual lexico-semantic system is controlled by a hierarchy of schemas under a supervisory attentional system, the bilingual unconsciously filters activated lemmas during fluent spontaneous codeswitching, such that lemmas that are semantico-syntactically versatile or morphosyntactically transparent are likely to reach a threshold of activation first while other lemmas are inhibited. To investigate the issue, we collected code-paired naturalistic and elicited data with a focus on code-switched determiner phrases from 140 Mandarin-English simultaneous bilinguals who were post-secondary students in Singapore. We found that the semantico-syntactic and morpho-syntactic dissimilarities between Mandarin and English activated both filters. As most Mandarin determiners are economical vis-à-vis their English counterparts, their lemmas were selected frequently while English lemmas were largely inhibited. It was also found that our participants preferred English nouns in filling the lexical category for their interpretable feature of number, a feature that is normally absent in Mandarin nouns.
dc.format.extent 30 p.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of psycholinguistic research
dc.rights Journal of Psycholinguistic Research @ copyright 2009 Springer. The journal website is located at http://www.springerlink.com/content/y7365t454r5pn08w/
dc.subject DRNTU::Humanities::Linguistics::Psycholinguistics.
dc.title Metalinguistic filters within the bilingual language faculty : a study of young English-Chinese bilinguals.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.contributor.research Language and Communication Centre
dc.contributor.school College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10936-009-9137-z
dc.description.version Published version

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