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Date:5/31/2013

Frontiers in Psychology

When language switching has no apparent cost: Lexical access in sentence context

Bilinguals have the remarkable ability to switch from one language to the other. In a new study, Jason Gullifer and colleagues from Pennsylvania State University, USA, looked at whether language switching incurs a processing cost. They show that the mind has little difficulty in preventing such mix-ups between languages. When 26 North American Latino people were asked to read aloud an underlined word within a text that mixed English and Spanish, they did not think longer or make more mistakes than when the text was in a single language. Gullifer et al. conclude that voluntary language switching is a natural feature of bilingualism that requires little additional processing time by the mind.

URL: http://www.frontiersin.org/Language_Sciences/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00278/abstract

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Pennsylvania State University, USA
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Email: jwg20@psu.edu


Frontiers in Microbiology

Contrasting genomic properties of free-living and particle-attached microbial assemblages within a coastal ecosystem

In terms of environmental and economic impact, the Columbia River is the most important river in the US Pacific Northwest. To characterize the microbial diversity within its estuary, Holly M. Simon and colleagues from Oregon Health & Science University's Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction and the J. Craig Venter Institute, sequenced total DNA from water in four habitats: the Columbia River's immediate outflow; the river plume that extends into Pacific Ocean; upwelling low-oxygen water off the coast; and the ocean botto
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