Spoken word recognition of code-switched words by Chinese-English bilinguals

Ping Li

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    Two experiments with Chinese-English bilinguals were conducted to examine the recognition of code-switched words in speech. In Experiment 1, listeners were asked to identify a code-switched word in a sentence on the basis of increasing fragments of the word. In Experiment 2, listeners repeated the code-switched word following a predesignated point upon hearing the sentence. Converging evidence from these experiments shows that the successful recognition of code-switched words depends on the interaction among phonological, structural, and contextual information in the recognition process. The results also indicate that Chinese-English bilinguals can recognize code-switched words with the same amount of information as required by monolingual English listeners. These results are interpreted in terms of parallel activation and interactive processes in spoken word recognition.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)757-774
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Memory and Language
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Dec 1996

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
    • Language and Linguistics
    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Linguistics and Language
    • Artificial Intelligence

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