The role of mutations in Welsh-English bilingual lexical access

Lead Research Organisation: Bangor University
Department Name: Sch of Linguistics and English Language


Previous lexical access studies found that listeners rely more on word beginnings than word endings to access items in the mental lexicon. But Welsh word beginnings change in various grammatical contexts. For example, a word like te (tea) may change to de, nhe or the. These mutations result in less stable word onsets for Welsh than many other languages. This study aims to investigate whether Welsh-English bilingual listeners rely equally heavily on word beginnings compared to word endings in lexical access, or whether they rely relatively more on word endings compared to monolingual English speakers. Additionally, do Welsh mutation rules influence lexical access in English for Welsh-English bilinguals? For example, Welsh-English bilinguals may access English blackbird as an onset competitor of planet in a masculine context which would trigger a soft mutation (where p becomes b) in Welsh. Results from the project will directly inform current models of lexical access.



James Bragg (Student)


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2027
1947577 Studentship ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2017 31/03/2022 James Bragg