An exploratory study of L1-specific non-words

09/02/2020 ∙ by David Alfter, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper, we explore L1-specific non-words, i.e. non-words in a target language (in this case Swedish) that are re-ranked by a different-language language model. We surmise that speakers of a certain L1 will react different to L1-specific non-words than to general non-words. We present the results from two small case studies exploring whether re-ranking non-words with different language models leads to a perceived difference in `Swedishness' (pilot study 1) and whether German and English native speakers have longer reaction times in a lexical decision task when presented with their respective L1-specific non-words (pilot study 2). Tentative results seem to indicate that L1-specific non-words are processed second-slowest, after purely Swedish-looking non-words.

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