Language dominance modulates cross-language lexical interaction in late immersed learners

Abstract

Languages differ in the way they package elements of the world into words, which poses a challenge for bilinguals. We examined word use patterns for common household objects for late-immersed Chinese-English bilinguals to investigate how the bilingual lexical network develops when the first language is fully mature at the time of second-language immersion. We found changes to both first- and second-language word use with increased English dominance, indicating continued plasticity and mutual influence.


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