Kitchen Russian: First-language Object Naming by Russian-English Bilinguals

Abstract

A bilingual’s two lexicons are linked rather than isolated from each other. An implication of this linkage is that the contents of one might influence the contents of the other. We examined naming of common household objects by early, childhood, and late Russian-English bilinguals to assess a possible second language (L2) English influence on first language (L1) Russian naming patterns and typicality ratings. L2 influence was evident in the data even for late bilinguals. It was most pronounced with earliest arrival and entailed both narrowing and broadening of linguistic categories.


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