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Doctor of Philosophy




Lupker, Stephen J.


The masked translation priming effect was examined in Chinese-English bilinguals using three experimental paradigms: lexical decision, semantic categorization, and speeded episodic recognition. A machine-learning approach was used to assess the subject- and item-specific factors that contribute to the sizes of translation priming effects across these tasks. The factors that contributed to translation priming effects were found to be task specific. Priming effects in lexical decision were associated with higher self-rated listening and writing abilities in English, especially when primes were high-frequency and targets were low-frequency. Priming effects in semantic categorization were associated with more frequent use of English in daily life, especially when targets were high-frequency and primes were low-frequency. Finally, priming effects in episodic recognition were associated with higher self-rated reading, writing, speaking, and listening abilities in English. These results are discussed within different frameworks of current models of bilingual language processing.