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Emotionality in a second language: it's a matter of time.

Opitz, B and Degner, J (2012) Emotionality in a second language: it's a matter of time. Neuropsychologia, 50 (8). pp. 1961-1967.

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Abstract

The present study investigated the well acknowledged phenomenon of a different sense of emotionality in a person's first (L1) and second language (L2). Event-related potentials were recorded during the reading of pleasant, unpleasant and neutral words in L1 and L2. Enhanced processing of both emotional compared to neutral words was reflected in an amplified early posterior negativity (EPN) about 280–430 ms after word onset. While the EPN did not differ in amplitude between L1 and L2, it was delayed for L2. Interestingly, a better task performance in L2 but not L1 predicted longer delays of the EPN. These results might indicate that the affective valence of L2 words is processed in a less immediate way due to delayed lexical access. This is interpreted in terms of interference in a highly integrated L1/L2 mental lexicon.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Opitz, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Degner, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : July 2012
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.04.021
Uncontrolled Keywords : Adolescent, Adult, Electroencephalography, Emotions, Evoked Potentials, Female, Humans, Male, Multilingualism, Reading, Semantics
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Additional Information : Notice: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Neuropsychologia> Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definite version was subsequently published in <Neuropsychologia 50(8), July 2012. DOI:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.04.021
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 06 Jun 2013 14:08
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:51
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/737177

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