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Structural alignment and its prosocial effects in first and second languages

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The present study examined structural alignment (prepositional object dative and double object dative) and its prosocial effects in Spanish-English bilinguals (English L2) and native English speakers (English L1). A scripted picture description paradigm in which a confederate and participant alternately described pictures was used. Ll and L2 speakers of English displayed comparable levels of structural alignment. In a second phase of the experiment we show that after being exposed to structural alignment by the confederate, L1 but not L2 participants displayed an increase in prosocial behavior as reflected by the time they were willing to help with an extra task. Possible explanations and implications are then discussed.
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Structural alignment, Verbal mimicry, Bilingualism, Prosocial behavior, Priming, SHARED SYNTACTIC REPRESENTATIONS, HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE, PRIME REPETITION, VERBAL MIMICRY, LEXICAL BOOST, PERSISTENCE, BEHAVIOR, MEMORY, CHAMELEON, IMPLICIT

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Abrahams, Loes, et al. “Structural Alignment and Its Prosocial Effects in First and Second Languages.” ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA, vol. 199, 2019.
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Abrahams, L., Hartsuiker, R., De Fruyt, F., & Bajo, M. T. (2019). Structural alignment and its prosocial effects in first and second languages. ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA, 199.
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Abrahams, Loes, Robert Hartsuiker, Filip De Fruyt, and M. Teresa Bajo. 2019. “Structural Alignment and Its Prosocial Effects in First and Second Languages.” ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA 199.
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Abrahams, Loes, Robert Hartsuiker, Filip De Fruyt, and M. Teresa Bajo. 2019. “Structural Alignment and Its Prosocial Effects in First and Second Languages.” ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA 199.
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Abrahams L, Hartsuiker R, De Fruyt F, Bajo MT. Structural alignment and its prosocial effects in first and second languages. ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA. 2019;199.
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L. Abrahams, R. Hartsuiker, F. De Fruyt, and M. T. Bajo, “Structural alignment and its prosocial effects in first and second languages,” ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA, vol. 199, 2019.
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  abstract     = {The present study examined structural alignment (prepositional object dative and double object dative) and its prosocial effects in Spanish-English bilinguals (English L2) and native English speakers (English L1). A scripted picture description paradigm in which a confederate and participant alternately described pictures was used. Ll and L2 speakers of English displayed comparable levels of structural alignment. In a second phase of the experiment we show that after being exposed to structural alignment by the confederate, L1 but not L2 participants displayed an increase in prosocial behavior as reflected by the time they were willing to help with an extra task. Possible explanations and implications are then discussed.},
  articleno    = {102906},
  author       = {Abrahams, Loes and Hartsuiker, Robert and De Fruyt, Filip and Bajo, M. Teresa},
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  journal      = {ACTA PSYCHOLOGICA},
  keywords     = {Structural alignment,Verbal mimicry,Bilingualism,Prosocial behavior,Priming,SHARED SYNTACTIC REPRESENTATIONS,HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE,PRIME REPETITION,VERBAL MIMICRY,LEXICAL BOOST,PERSISTENCE,BEHAVIOR,MEMORY,CHAMELEON,IMPLICIT},
  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Structural alignment and its prosocial effects in first and second languages},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2019.102906},
  volume       = {199},
  year         = {2019},
}

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