The Effect of Non-Dominant Language while Reading in the Native Tongue
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This study investigated the effects of interlingual homographs on lexical access in German-English bilinguals, when reading in their native language. Previous studies have found that interlingual homographs interfere with lexical access in bilinguals, and cause a longer reading time for the target words compared to controls. Also, some evidence has been found that reading in the non-native language can affect processing in the native language. Participants’ eye movements were measured whilst reading interlingual homographs and matched controls embedded in sentences. Results from previous studies were not replicated; there was no significant difference in reading time for interlingual homographs compared to matched controls. The lack of evidence for non-selective bilingual lexical processing was partially attributed to weaknesses in the study.