Bilingual vocabulary size and lexical reading in Italian

In the present study we investigated how the vocabulary size of English-Italian bilinguals affects reading aloud in Italian (12) modulating the reader's sensitivity to lexical aspects of the language. We divided adult bilinguals in two groups according to their vocabulary size (Larger - LV, and smaller - SV), and compared their naming performance to that of native Italian (NI) readers. In Experiment 1 we investigated the lexicality and word frequency effects in reading aloud. Similarly to NI, both groups of bilinguals showed these effects. In Experiment 2 we investigated stress assignment - which is not predictable by rule - to Italian words. The SV group made more stress errors in reading words with a non-dominant stress pattern compared to the LV group. The results suggest that the size of the reader's 12 lexicon affects the probability of correct reading aloud.

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Primativo, Silvia
Rinaldi, Pasquale
O'Brien, Shaunna
Paizi, Despina
Arduino, Lisa S.
Burani, Cristina
Martinus Nijhoff, Amsterdam , Paesi Bassi
Acta psychologica 144 (2013): 554–562. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.09.011
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