Predictive processing and cross-linguistic influence in bilingual children
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- Jasmjin Bosch
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Listeners use lexical or morphosyntactic cues to anticipate upcoming words, and monolingual children are able to do so from a very young age. Using the visual world eye-tracking paradigm, we investigated linguistic prediction in bilingual children, whose online processing may be different even when offline comprehension is on target. Specifically, we examined whether Italian-German and Italian-Mandarin bilingual children anticipated upcoming nouns on the basis of gender and number agreement on the preceding article. Our results suggest that bilingual children are able to rapidly process speech in their L2 by making use of predictive mechanisms, even when they have to rely on a feature which is expressed differently in their L1. However, depending on their language dominance, they may sometimes experience processing delays related to cross-linguistic influence.