Lexical semantic activation in bilinguals: evidence through blocked naming task
Keywords:facilitation, interference, lexicon, retrieval
The retrieval of the most appropriate word from the lexicon is referred to as lexical semantic activation. Bilinguals are those who use at least two languages and can be classified based on various degree of proficiency in both languages. The facilitation and interference access that takes place during lexical access can be found out through blocked naming task. The two language representation and its processing are some important aspects to be considered in bilinguals. The general constrains on bilingualism processing models can be also explored through the researches on lexical semantic activation. The proficiency of the second language can determine the inhibitory or facilitator effect on dominant language. The present study aimed at knowing the effect of the language not in use on the lexical semantic activation of the language in use. Through blocked naming task showed that the reaction time for naming numbers was more in first language than second language. The accuracy in naming numbers in first language was less compared to first language.
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