publication . Article . 2015

Holiday or vacation? The processing of variation in vocabulary across dialects

Martin, Clara D.; García, Xavier, 1967-; Potter, Douglas; Melinger, Alissa; Costa, Albert, 1970-;
Open Access English
  • Published: 20 Oct 2015
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
  • Country: Spain
Abstract
Native speakers with different linguistic backgrounds differ in their usage of language, and particularly in their vocabulary. For instance, British natives would use the word "holiday" when American natives would prefer the word "vacation". This study investigates how cross-dialectal lexical variation impacts lexical processing. Electrophysiological responses were recorded, while British natives listened to British or American speech in which lexical frequency dominance across dialects was manipulated (British versus American vocabulary). Words inconsistent with the dialect of the speaker (British words uttered by American speakers and vice versa) elicited larg...
Subjects
free text keywords: Language perception, Sociolinguistics, Event-related potentials, Dialect comprehension, Lexical integration, Linguistics and Language, Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Language and Linguistics, Stimulus (physiology), Lexical variation, Lexical frequency, Vocabulary, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Linguistics, Active listening, Event-related potential, Psychology
Funded by
EC| ATHEME
Project
ATHEME
Advancing the European Multilingual Experience
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 613465
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP1 | SSH
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publication . Article . 2015

Holiday or vacation? The processing of variation in vocabulary across dialects

Martin, Clara D.; García, Xavier, 1967-; Potter, Douglas; Melinger, Alissa; Costa, Albert, 1970-;