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On the nature of the word-reduction phenomenon: the contribution of bilingualism

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dc.contributor.author Rodriguez-Cuadrado, Sara
dc.contributor.author Baus, Cristina
dc.contributor.author Costa, Albert, 1970-
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T15:49:33Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T15:49:33Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Rodriguez-Cuadrado S, Baus C, Costa A. On the nature of the word-reduction phenomenon: the contribution of bilingualism. Brain Sci. 2019 Oct 27;9(11):294. DOI: 10.3390/brainsci9110294
dc.identifier.issn 2076-3425
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/43660
dc.description.abstract Word reduction refers to how predictable words are shortened in features such as duration, intensity, or pitch. However, its origin is still unclear: Are words reduced because it is the second time that conceptual representations are activated, or because words are articulated twice? If word reduction is conceptually driven, it would be irrelevant whether the same referent is mentioned twice but using different words. However, if is articulatory, using different words for the same referent could prevent word reduction. In the present work, we use bilingualism to explore the conceptual or articulatory origin of word reduction in language production. Word reduction was compared in two conditions: a non-switch condition, where the two mentions of a referent were uttered in the same language, and a switch condition, where the referent was said in both languages. Dyads of participants completed collaborative maps in which words were uttered twice in Catalan or in Spanish, either repeating or switching the language between mentions. Words were equally reduced in duration, intensity, and pitch in non-switch and in switch conditions. Furthermore, the cognate status of words did not play any role. These findings support the theory that word reduction is conceptually driven.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by grants from the Spanish Government (PSI2017-84539-P, Consolider Ingenio 2010 CSD2007-00012) and the Catalan government (2017 SGR 268). Sara Rodríguez-Cuadrado was supported by a predoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Government (FPU 2008-2012). Cristina Baus was supported by the Beatriu de Pinòs fellowship (AGAUR).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher MDPI
dc.relation.ispartof Brain sciences. 2019 Oct 27;9(11):294
dc.rights © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title On the nature of the word-reduction phenomenon: the contribution of bilingualism
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9110294
dc.subject.keyword Word reduction
dc.subject.keyword Language switching
dc.subject.keyword Bilingualism
dc.subject.keyword Duration
dc.subject.keyword Intensity
dc.subject.keyword Pitch
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/PSI2017-84539-P
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PN/CSD2007-00012
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