Linguistics and English Language

Bilingualism reading group

Speaker: Winnie Yeh

Title: The effects of L1 attrition on spatial-temporal cognition in Mandarin-English bilingual speakers

Abstract: Mandarin speakers perceive time differently from English speakers and this is believed to be due to the vertical spatial-temporal metaphors used in Mandarin Chinese. Boroditsky (2001) investigated that Mandarin speakers are able to process vertical stimuli faster than English speakers and Gu (2017) observed that Mandarin speakers accepted vertical temporal gestures more than English speaker. If it is possible that language can influence the way we think and process stimuli, are these processing and perception subject to dynamic changes and restructuring due to L1 attrition effects and/or extended L2 immersion. This study wishes to investigate the effects L1 attrition and the extended immersion in the L2 environment can have on Mandarin-English bilingual speakers.

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Lihua Xia

Martha Robinson

Jan 28 2019 -

Bilingualism reading group

2019-01-28: The effects of L1 attrition on spatial-temporal cognition in Mandarin-English bilingual speakers

Room S38, Psychology Building, 7 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ