Grapheme-to-Phoneme Conversion Regularity Effects among Late Korean-English Bilinguals

후기 한국어-영어 이중언어화자의 자소-음소 변환 규칙에 따른 영어 규칙성 효과

  • Kim, Dahee (Department of Psychology, Korea University) ;
  • Baik, Yeonji (Department of Psychology, Korea University) ;
  • Ryu, Jaehee (Department of Psychology, Korea University) ;
  • Nam, Kichun (Department of Psychology, Korea University)
  • Received : 2015.02.11
  • Accepted : 2015.09.21
  • Published : 2015.09.30

Abstract

This study examined grapheme-to-phoneme regularity effect among late Korean-English bilinguals by using whole word level task (lexical processing) and two meta-phonological tasks(sub-lexical processing): [1] English word naming task(whole word level), [2] rhyme judgement task(rhyme level), and [3] phoneme deletion task(phoneme level). Forty-three late Korean-English bilinguals participated in all three tasks. In these tasks, participants showed better performance in regular word conditions compared to irregular word conditions, demonstrating a clear English regularity effect. Post-hoc correlational analysis revealed strong correlation between word naming task and rhyme judgement task, which is different from the results reported with English monolinguals. The contradicting results might be due to the relevantly low English proficiency level among late Korean-English bilingual speakers. In conclusion, this study suggests that late Korean-English bilinguals make use of L2 grapheme-to-phoneme conversion (GPC) rule when reading L2 English words.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단

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