Cross-linguistic influence on brain activation during second language processing: An fMRI study

Hyeonjeong Jeong, Motoaki Sugiura, Yuko Sassa, Satoru Yokoyama, Kaoru Horie, Shigeru Sato, Masato Taira, Ryuta Kawashima

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to examine the effect of the linguistic distance between a first language (L1) and a second language (L2) on neural activity during second language relative to first language processing. We compared different L1-L2 pairs in which different linguistic features characterize linguistic distance. Chinese and Korean native speakers were instructed to perform sentence comprehension tasks in two L2s (English and Japanese) and their respective L1s. Activation while understanding English sentences relative to understanding sentences in L1 was greater for the Korean group than the Chinese group in the left inferior frontal gyrus, bilateral posterior superior temporal gyri, and right cerebellum. Activation while understanding Japanese sentences relative to understanding sentences in L1 was greater for the Chinese group than the Korean group in the anterior portion of the left superior temporal gyrus. The results demonstrated that the location of the L2-L1 processing-induced cortical activation varies between different L1-L2 pairs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-187
Number of pages13
JournalBilingualism
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jul

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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