The current study considers the role of lexical access during online sentence processing in L2 French by comparing response times in a sentence processing task to items that involve English-French cognate vocabulary with those for items involving noncognate vocabulary. Intermediate L2 learners of French show response patterns consistent with trace reactivation while processing indirect object cleft sentences when lexical access is facilitated through the use of cognates. The results suggest that nonautomatized lexical access routines play an important role in real-time sentence comprehension.
Selected Proceedings of the 2011 Second Language Research Forum: Converging Theory and Practice
edited by Erik Voss, Shu-Ju Diana Tai, and Zhi Li Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-458-4 library binding
v + 230 pages
publication date: 2013
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA