Accession Number : AD0749390

Title :   Bilingual Interdependencies in Auditory Perception,

Corporate Author : MCGILL UNIV MONTREAL (QUEBEC)

Personal Author(s) : Hamers,Josiane F. ; Lambert,Wallace E.

Report Date : 15 OCT 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Using an auditory and bilingual version of the Stroop test, it was found that the semantic characteristics of verbal stimuli and the context of the task increase latencies above those of control conditions where tones are used instead of words. The results thus support earlier studies showing that bilingual Ss are unable to ignore the semantic aspects of stimuli, even though they have no difficulty in keeping their two languages functionally separated. Physical characteristics of stimulus words have some interference effect, but much less than the semantic factor. How the use of two languages affects interference is not clear; possibly attention thresholds are changed. An explanation in terms of priming seems inadequate since the latencies of wrong responses are shorter than those of correct (i.e., primed) responses. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AUDITORY PERCEPTION, *SEMANTICS), VERBAL BEHAVIOR, INTERFERENCE, CANADA

Subject Categories : Linguistics
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE