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Language and culture modulate online semantic processing.

Ellis C, Kuipers JR, Thierry G, Lovett V, Turnbull O, Jones MW - Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci (2015)

Bottom Line: Here, we show that language also modulates higher level processing, such as semantic knowledge.Using event-related brain potentials, we show that highly fluent Welsh-English bilinguals require significantly less processing effort when reading sentences in Welsh which contain factually correct information about Wales, than when reading sentences containing the same information presented in English.Crucially, culturally irrelevant information was processed similarly in both Welsh and English.

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Affiliation: Bangor University, LL58 2AS Bangor, UK.

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Mean amplitude (µV) of the N400 effect (truth–false) for culturally relevant and non-relevant statements presented in Welsh or English. Error bars represent SEM.
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nsv028-F3: Mean amplitude (µV) of the N400 effect (truth–false) for culturally relevant and non-relevant statements presented in Welsh or English. Error bars represent SEM.

Mentions: Critically, we found a significant three-way interaction among language, cultural relevance and truth value (F(1, 17) = 6.01, P = 0.025). Planned comparisons on the N400 effect (true–false) in the different conditions showed that the N400 was significantly larger for Welsh than English in the culturally relevant conditions (t(17) = 3.12, P = 0.006; Figures 2 and 3), whereas no language difference was found for culturally non-relevant sentences (t(17) = −0.95, P > 0.05).Fig. 3


Language and culture modulate online semantic processing.

Ellis C, Kuipers JR, Thierry G, Lovett V, Turnbull O, Jones MW - Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci (2015)

Mean amplitude (µV) of the N400 effect (truth–false) for culturally relevant and non-relevant statements presented in Welsh or English. Error bars represent SEM.
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nsv028-F3: Mean amplitude (µV) of the N400 effect (truth–false) for culturally relevant and non-relevant statements presented in Welsh or English. Error bars represent SEM.
Mentions: Critically, we found a significant three-way interaction among language, cultural relevance and truth value (F(1, 17) = 6.01, P = 0.025). Planned comparisons on the N400 effect (true–false) in the different conditions showed that the N400 was significantly larger for Welsh than English in the culturally relevant conditions (t(17) = 3.12, P = 0.006; Figures 2 and 3), whereas no language difference was found for culturally non-relevant sentences (t(17) = −0.95, P > 0.05).Fig. 3

Bottom Line: Here, we show that language also modulates higher level processing, such as semantic knowledge.Using event-related brain potentials, we show that highly fluent Welsh-English bilinguals require significantly less processing effort when reading sentences in Welsh which contain factually correct information about Wales, than when reading sentences containing the same information presented in English.Crucially, culturally irrelevant information was processed similarly in both Welsh and English.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Bangor University, LL58 2AS Bangor, UK.

No MeSH data available.