Cognitive cost of switching between standard and dialect varieties

Neil Kirk, Mathieu Declerck, Kenneth C. Scott-Brown, Vera Kempe, Andrea Philipp

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Abstract

Switching between languages in picture naming incurs a cost associated with inhibition of the non-target language (Meuter & Allport, 1999).

This cost is symmetrical in balanced bilinguals and asymmetrical in unbalanced bilinguals with higher cost associated with switching back into L1 (Costa & Santesteban,2004).

We investigated whether cost is incurred in similar ways by bidialectals switching between two dialects.

To increase generalisablity, we conducted this experiment in 2 locations: in Scotland using Standard Scottish English and Dundonian-Scots bidialectals) and in Germany using German and Öcher bidialectals).

We also investigated differences between active vs. passive, and older vs. younger bidialectals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event20th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh , United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20146 Sep 2014
Conference number: 20th

Conference

Conference20th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing
Abbreviated title AMLaP 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period3/09/146/09/14

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    Kirk, N., Declerck, M., Scott-Brown, K. C., Kempe, V., & Philipp, A. (2014). Cognitive cost of switching between standard and dialect varieties. Poster session presented at 20th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Edinburgh , United Kingdom.