Sarah Kuhn

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2007

Capstone Advisor

William Ritchie

Honors Reader

Anthony Lewis

Capstone Major

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Linguistics | Other Linguistics


This study examines the interference, if any, caused by a first language (specifically English) in the processing of lexical items in a second language (French). Participants performed a computer-based translation recognition task where they were asked whether a pair of words, one French and the other English, represented an acceptable translation. Six different types of critical pairs were randomly alternated with actual translation pairs and unrelated distractor pairs. Each of the different categories of critical pairs had a different relationship with the L1 word, the L2 word, or both. Participants’ scores on this task were then analyzed to determine the relative frequency at which each type of critical item was incorrectly identified as a correct translation pair. The present study was based on a translation recognition task from Sunderman and Kroll (2006), which dealt with native speakers of English learning Spanish as a second language.

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