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Vortrag von Guillaume Thierry am Dienstag, 30.01.2018 (16:00 Uhr - GB 3/159)

Dienstag, 23. Januar 2018. Aus der Kategorie 'Vortragsreihe'.

Das Sprachwissenschaftliche Institut lädt herzlich ein zum Vortrag von

Guillaume Thierry (Bangor University)

Is language under control or in control?

In this talk, I will show how bilingual adults spontaneously access native translations of second language words unconsciously and unknowingly stop accessing these representations when second language words are unpleasant. Even more surprising, bilinguals unconsciously access the sound of words in their native language while speaking in their second. More surprising still, cross-language effects extend to the domain of syntax: Welsh-English bilinguals spontaneously transfer to English a morpho-phonological transformation rule of Welsh that is entirely alien to their native language! And perhaps worryingly, bilinguals engaging in a gambling task for money take more risk when receiving verbal feedback in their native as compared to their second language. Taken together these findings reveal unsuspected levels of automaticity and cognitive diversity linked to language variations within and between individuals. This realization calls for a reconsideration of the way in which we conceptualise free will and operations classically regarded as volitional.