The Effect of Primes on Semantic Deviation Detection in English and Spanish Bilinguals



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Investigations into the dynamics of multiple language systems have gained traction in recent years. Research has established that foreign language mastery is achievable in adulthood and that multilingual reading activates parallel processing systems (Marian & Shook, 2012). However, bilingual comprehension mechanisms at the level of complex text remain largely unexplored. Previous studies (Perez et al., 2019) suggest that working memory, cognitive control, and proficiency aid multiple language processing. Nevertheless, there is a gap in knowledge about how contextual resources (primes) aid in the detection of errors in the text via revision of existing ideas and representations about the text. This study sought to use the N400 event-related potential to provide insight into the ease of processing in regard to reading comprehension. It explored semantic error detection as a marker of language comprehension and shed light on the role of context clues in bilingual reading processes.



N400, bilingualism, reading comprehension