It’s not what you see: it’s the language you say it in

Hatzidaki, A. and Jones, M.W. and Santesteban, M. and Branigan, H.P. (2013) It’s not what you see: it’s the language you say it in. Language and Cognitive Processes. pp. 1-7. DOI: 10.1080/01690965.2013.857782 (In Press)

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In an eye-tracking experiment, we investigated the interplay between visual and linguistic information processing during time-telling, and how this is affected by speaking in a non-native language. We compared time-telling in Greek and English, which differ in time-telling word order (hour vs. minute mentioned first), by contrasting Greek-English bilinguals speaking in their L1-Greek or their L2-English, and English monolingual speakers. All three groups were faster when telling the time for digital than for analogue clocks, and when telling the time for the first half-hour than the second half-hour. Critically, first fixation and gaze duration analyses for the hour and minute regions showed a different pattern for Greek-English bilinguals when speaking in their L1 versus L2, with the latter resembling that of English monolinguals. Our results suggest that bilingual speakers� eye-movement programming was influenced by the type of time-telling utterance specific to the language of production currently in use.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:37
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:02
ISSN: 2327-3798
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/589
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/01690965.2013.857782
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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