The Influence of English Proficiency on First Position Advantage in word process

[Speaker] Jiang, Shan:1
[Co-author] Zhang, Jijia:1
1:Department of Psychology,Renmin University of China (China (People's Republic of China))

Whether the word process is serial or parallel is an unset debate in linguistic psychology. We assumed that the familiarity of a language mediate the automatic strategies people use to process words. By asking participants whose second language is English to read a given word and then choose the seen one from two words, which are only one letter different from the other, we found a more profound First Position Advantage (FPA) among High English Proficiency Group (HEPG) when the word length is small, which may implicated that the Receptive Field Theory is an reasonable explanation of FPA.The present study also found that a significant Fixation Advantage only occurred in HEPG, which may provide new findings of word process and this needs further discussion.In short, the word process pattern in HEPG was much different fromLow English Proficiency Group(LEPG) according to the findings.
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