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Effects of Context and Individual Difference in L2 Taboo Word Comprehension

Title: The Effects of Context and Individual Difference in L2 Taboo Word Comprehension.
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Name(s): Cook, Nathaniel, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2018-04-27
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Previous research suggests that high emotionally salient words are different when it comes to language processing. This paper focuses on the interaction of context, individual difference, and the second language in the comprehension of taboo words. Using the Situated Speaker-Hearer Individual Difference Theory (SSHIDT) to study this interaction, this research reproduces a previous study investigating taboo comprehension. Forty-one bilinguals of English (L1) and Spanish (L2) participated in an in-lab word-by-word sentence reading task and an online questionnaire. To determine the influence of the taboo words and the context they appear in, the sentences contained two variables that were each manipulated on two levels: Taboo or Non-Taboo, and Surprised or Not-Surprised. In addition, the participants’ self-reported propensity to offense by Spanish taboo words were collected and incorporated into the results as a covariate. ANOVA unveils that there is no significant interaction between the taboo, surprise, and propensity to offense items. This suggests that emotionally salient words in our second language do not carry the same strength as they do in our first language.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1525119589_35a87b32 (IID)
Keywords: SSHIDT, Emotional Comprehension, Bilingualism
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1525119589_35a87b32
Owner Institution: FSU

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Cook, N. (2018). The Effects of Context and Individual Difference in L2 Taboo Word Comprehension. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1525119589_35a87b32