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Following the path of lexical access in bilinguals (Spanish-English) through eye-tracking

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  • Lexical access has been suggested by Huettig and McQueen [4] to show cascade processing when auditory and visual information are presented to native speakers. The aim of this study was to determine whether cascade processing in Spanish-English bilinguals in a Mexican university is similar to that observed in native speakers. Two groups of participants were formed according to their level of English: high and low proficiency. No differences were found between groups. Although visual preference for three competitors was different in four time windows, supporting the existence of lexical processing in cascade, a significant preference for the semantic competitor was found, in contrast to the route found in native speakers [4]. These results support the notion of lexical processing in cascade, revealing a different retrieval of lexical information when auditory and visual input is presented in a second language.

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