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Article: Cumulative effects of syntactic experience in a between- and a within-language context: Evidence for implicit learning

TitleCumulative effects of syntactic experience in a between- and a within-language context: Evidence for implicit learning
Authors
KeywordsBetween-language structural priming
Chinese
English
Implicit learning
Structural priming
Issue Date2019
PublisherAcademic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jml
Citation
Journal of Memory and Language, 2019, v. 109, p. article no. 104054 How to Cite?
AbstractImplicit learning models suggest that speakers adapt syntactic knowledge in response to prior syntactic experience and such adaptation is sensitive to surface structures (word order) (e.g., Chang et al., 2006, Reitter et al., 2011). To determine the scope of syntactic processing to which an implicit learning mechanism is applicable and its sensitivity to surface structures, we investigated cumulative priming and inverse frequency effects across different constructions in a between- language context of Chinese and English (Experiment 1) and in a within- language context of Chinese (Experiment 2). Our results showed that Chinese speakers integrated cumulative experience in Chinese into production of not only Chinese but also of English and that such adaptation was not sensitive to surface word order at least in a between- language context. These findings suggest that an implicit learning mechanism is a universal, language-unspecific processing mechanism that is not sensitive to surface syntactic structures. We discuss these findings in terms of theories of structural priming and bilingual syntactic processing and consider the need for a model that accommodates our findings.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/278024
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 2.829
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 3.403

 

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dc.contributor.authorHwang, H-
dc.contributor.authorShin, JA-
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-04T08:05:58Z-
dc.date.available2019-10-04T08:05:58Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Memory and Language, 2019, v. 109, p. article no. 104054-
dc.identifier.issn0749-596X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/278024-
dc.description.abstractImplicit learning models suggest that speakers adapt syntactic knowledge in response to prior syntactic experience and such adaptation is sensitive to surface structures (word order) (e.g., Chang et al., 2006, Reitter et al., 2011). To determine the scope of syntactic processing to which an implicit learning mechanism is applicable and its sensitivity to surface structures, we investigated cumulative priming and inverse frequency effects across different constructions in a between- language context of Chinese and English (Experiment 1) and in a within- language context of Chinese (Experiment 2). Our results showed that Chinese speakers integrated cumulative experience in Chinese into production of not only Chinese but also of English and that such adaptation was not sensitive to surface word order at least in a between- language context. These findings suggest that an implicit learning mechanism is a universal, language-unspecific processing mechanism that is not sensitive to surface syntactic structures. We discuss these findings in terms of theories of structural priming and bilingual syntactic processing and consider the need for a model that accommodates our findings.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAcademic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jml-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Memory and Language-
dc.subjectBetween-language structural priming-
dc.subjectChinese-
dc.subjectEnglish-
dc.subjectImplicit learning-
dc.subjectStructural priming-
dc.titleCumulative effects of syntactic experience in a between- and a within-language context: Evidence for implicit learning-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHwang, H: heeju@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHwang, H=rp02006-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jml.2019.104054-
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dc.identifier.hkuros306136-
dc.identifier.volume109-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 104054-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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