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Studying texts in a second language : no disadvantage in long-term recognition memory

Heleen Vander Beken (UGent) , Evy Woumans (UGent) and Marc Brysbaert (UGent)
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The interface between memory and language in multilingualism
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Despite an increase in bilingualism and the use of English as a medium of instruction, little research has been done on bilingual memory for learnt information. In a previous study, we found an L2 recall cost but equal recognition performance in L2 versus L1 when students studied short expository texts (Vander Beken & Brysbaert, 2017). In this paper, we investigate whether there is a recognition cost after a longer delay, which would indicate that the memory trace is weaker in L2. Results showed equal performance in L1 and L2, suggesting that the recall cost is either located at the production level, or that the levels-of-processing effect is mediated by language, with unaffected surface encoding leading to effective MARGINAL KNOWLEDGE on the one hand, and hampered deep encoding leading to ineffective (uncued) recall. This paper also contains the Dutch vocabulary test we used for native speakers.
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bilingualism, learning from text, long-term memory, levels-of-processing effect, EMI

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Vander Beken, Heleen, Evy Woumans, and Marc Brysbaert. “Studying Texts in a Second Language : No Disadvantage in Long-term Recognition Memory.” BILINGUALISM-LANGUAGE AND COGNITION 21.4 (2018): 826–838. Print.
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Vander Beken, H., Woumans, E., & Brysbaert, M. (2018). Studying texts in a second language : no disadvantage in long-term recognition memory. BILINGUALISM-LANGUAGE AND COGNITION, 21(4), 826–838.
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Vander Beken, Heleen, Evy Woumans, and Marc Brysbaert. 2018. “Studying Texts in a Second Language : No Disadvantage in Long-term Recognition Memory.” Bilingualism-language and Cognition 21 (4): 826–838.
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Vander Beken, Heleen, Evy Woumans, and Marc Brysbaert. 2018. “Studying Texts in a Second Language : No Disadvantage in Long-term Recognition Memory.” Bilingualism-language and Cognition 21 (4): 826–838.
Vancouver
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Vander Beken H, Woumans E, Brysbaert M. Studying texts in a second language : no disadvantage in long-term recognition memory. BILINGUALISM-LANGUAGE AND COGNITION. Cambridge University Press (CUP); 2018;21(4):826–38.
IEEE
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H. Vander Beken, E. Woumans, and M. Brysbaert, “Studying texts in a second language : no disadvantage in long-term recognition memory,” BILINGUALISM-LANGUAGE AND COGNITION, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 826–838, 2018.
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  abstract     = {Despite an increase in bilingualism and the use of English as a medium of instruction, little research has been done on bilingual memory for learnt information. In a previous study, we found an L2 recall cost but equal recognition performance in L2 versus L1 when students studied short expository texts (Vander Beken & Brysbaert, 2017). In this paper, we investigate whether there is a recognition cost after a longer delay, which would indicate that the memory trace is weaker in L2. Results showed equal performance in L1 and L2, suggesting that the recall cost is either located at the production level, or that the levels-of-processing effect is mediated by language, with unaffected surface encoding leading to effective MARGINAL KNOWLEDGE on the one hand, and hampered deep encoding leading to ineffective (uncued) recall. This paper also contains the Dutch vocabulary test we used for native speakers.},
  author       = {Vander Beken, Heleen and Woumans, Evy and Brysbaert, Marc},
  issn         = {1366-7289},
  journal      = {BILINGUALISM-LANGUAGE AND COGNITION},
  keywords     = {bilingualism,learning from text,long-term memory,levels-of-processing effect,EMI},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {826--838},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press (CUP)},
  title        = {Studying texts in a second language : no disadvantage in long-term recognition memory},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1366728917000360},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2018},
}

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