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Adding more fuel to the fire: an eye-tracking study of idiom processing by native and non-native speaker

Siyanova-Chanturia, Anna; Conklin, Kathy; Schmitt, Norbert

Authors

Anna Siyanova-Chanturia

Kathy Conklin kathy.conklin@nottingham.ac.uk

Norbert Schmitt



Abstract

Using eye-tracking, we investigate on-line processing of idioms in a biasing story context by native and non-native speakers of English. The stimuli are idioms used figuratively (at the end of the day – ‘eventually’), literally (at the end of the day – ‘in the evening’), and novel phrases (at the end of the war). Native speaker results indicate a processing advantage for idioms over novel phrases, as evidenced by fewer and shorter fixations. Further, no processing advantage is found for figurative idiom uses over literal ones in a full idiom analysis or in a recognition point analysis. Contrary to native speaker results, non-native findings suggest that L2 speakers process idioms at a similar speed to novel phrases. Further, figurative uses are processed more slowly than literal ones. Importantly, the recognition point analysis allows us to establish where non-natives slow down when processing the figurative meaning.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2011
Journal Second Language Research
Print ISSN 0267-6583
Electronic ISSN 0267-6583
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Siyanova-Chanturia, A., Conklin, K., & Schmitt, N. (2011). Adding more fuel to the fire: an eye-tracking study of idiom processing by native and non-native speaker. Second Language Research, 27(2), doi:10.1177/0267658310382068
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0267658310382068
Keywords language comprehension, figurative and literal language, mental lexicon, disambiguating context, recognition point
Publisher URL http://slr.sagepub.com/content/27/2/251
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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