The optional expression of subject personal pronouns has long been a focus of research in Spanish. Recent studies (Cameron, 1994; Flores-Ferrán, 2002; Cameron and Flores-Ferrán, 2004; Travis, 2005; Travis 2007; Cacoullos and Travis, 2010) have highlighted the role of priming as a factor influencing speakers' use of overt and null subject pronouns in spontaneous speech. Priming is a psycholinguistic phenomenon involving the repetition of a recently encountered linguistic element or structure. This study compared priming effects on Spanish subject pronoun expression among bilingual and monolingual Puerto Rican Spanish speakers in order to find out whether speakers in a different geographical location than those previously studied would be affected similarly by the phenomenon. Results provide evidence that suggests that priming is indeed a universal process that affects speakers managing one or two linguistic systems.
Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Kimberly Geeslin and Manuel Díaz-Campos
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