Facilitating morphosyntactic and semantic prediction among second language speakers of German

Courtney Johnson Fowler, Carrie N. Jackson

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Using two visual priming experiments, the present study investigates whether presenting facilitative semantic (i.e. colour) and morphosyntactic (i.e. grammatical gender) information in a prime image prior to reading a target sentence facilitates naming of a sentence-final target image among L1 German and L1 English-L2 German speakers. In Experiment 1, L1 and L2 German speakers used both semantic and gender cues to predict the sentence-final target image. In Experiment 2, a new group of L2 German speakers used gender cues to predict, but this effect was stronger when gender information was provided via a gender-marked indefinite article and adjective in the prime, than when the prime contained only the gender-marked article. These results suggest that if L2 speakers are able to overcome unstable and often inaccurate L2 gender assignment, they can use gender cues in a native-like manner for prediction, but that multiple gender-marked cues may be necessary for such prediction to occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)883-901
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 17 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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