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Is translation semantically mediated? Evidence from Welsh-English bilingual aphasia

Hughes, EK and Roberts, JR and Roberts, DJ and Kendrick, LT and Payne, JS and Owen-Booth, B and Barr, P and Tainturier, MJ (2014) Is translation semantically mediated? Evidence from Welsh-English bilingual aphasia. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

The involvement of the semantic system in picture naming is undisputed. However, it has been proposed that translation could take place via direct lexical links between L1 and L2 word forms in addition to or instead of via semantics(i.e., with translation going from a spoken word in L1 accessing its meaning and this meaning then leading to the retrieval of the translation equivalent in L2). There is conflicting evidence in the psycholinguistic literature as to the extent of semantic mediation in translation vs. picture naming tasks (Potter et al, 1984; Kroll and Stewart, 1994). More recently, Hernandez et al (2010) investigated this question in a case study of JFF, a proficient bilingual Spanish-Catalan speaker with Alzheimer’s disease and naming difficulties due to a semantic deficit. As JFF’s semantic deficit did not only affect picture naming but also translation tasks, the authors concluded against the existence of functional direct lexical links to support translation. The goal of our study was to explore this issue further in a larger sample of proficient bilingual patients with aphasia and word finding difficulties in both languages. More specifically, we compare the rate of semantic errors produced in naming vs. translation tasks.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. It is reproduced with permission.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 11:26
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 13:40
DOI or Identification number: 10.3389/conf.fpsyg.2014.64.00082
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/481

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