Advantage in Reading Lexical Bundles is Reduced in Non-Native Speakers
AbstractFormulaic sequences such as idioms, collocations, and lexical bundles, which may be processed as holistic units, make up a large proportion of natural language. For language learners, however, formulaic patterns are a major barrier to achieving native like competence. The present study investigated the processing of lexical bundles by native speakers and less advanced non-native English speakers using corpus analysis for the identification of lexical bundles and eye-tracking to measure the reading times. The participants read sentences containing 4-grams and control phrases which were matched for sub-string frequency. The results for native speakers demonstrate a processing advantage for formulaic sequences over the matched control units. We do not find any processing advantage for non-native speakers which suggests that native like processing of lexical bundles comes only late in the acquisition process.
Copyright (c) 2013 Matteo Valsecchi, Viktoria Künstler, Sven Saage, Brian J. White, Joybrato Mukherjee, Karl R. Gegenfurtner
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