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Unformatted text preview: 04/02/12 New slides on Language Comprehension 1 Recent research suggests learning a second language changes NATIVE language processing • Takahashi et al (2011) studied Japanese school children, 4 or 5 years old, at end of 1 st year or 2 nd year of school – Non-native exposure group 4 yr. olds had 15 minutes of English instruction a day for one school year; 5 yr. olds had one hour a day for second school year Control group consisted of children only exposed to Japanese • ERP recording made as children listened to sentences in Japanese – Children heard semantically congruent sentences such as “My father eats an apple” or semantically incongruent sentences such as “My father eats a bathtub” – N400 observed in all four groups. In 5 yr. olds, N400 had faster and broader onset in children with English exposure 04/02/12 New slides on Language Comprehension 2 Sanford & Sturt (2002) suggest full parsing of sentences is often not done • “Good enough representation” may be done without deep processing – Verbal illusions (“no head injury…”; “Moses” illusion) – “After an aircrash, where should the survivors be buried?” – “Can a man marry his widow’s sister?”“Can a man marry his widow’s sister?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2012 for the course PSYCHOLOGY Cognition taught by Professor Ingate during the Spring '10 term at Rutgers.

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