Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
Revised Hierarchical Model, bilinguals, monolinguals
The goal of the current study was to examine the Revised Hierarchical Model of bilingual language representation proposed by Kroll and Stewart (1994) by exploring the connection between the lexicon for one’s native language (L1) and the lexicon for one’s second language (L2) in novice bilinguals. Forty-three participants were taught 30 German words and then given a Translation Recognition Task to conjecture which pathways of the RHM were being utilized in the language acquisition process. The results supported our hypothesis, showing that there was greater interference for the monolinguals from the orthographically similar translations than the unrelated translations. The discovery of interference means that the participants were translating the German words into their English translations to access the conceptual store in order to determine if the translation was correct or incorrect. These results support the RHM’s prediction that novice bilinguals utilize this lexical pathway when learning a second language.
Fuller, Sierra, "An Evaluation of the Revised Hierarchical Model (RHM): How Quickly do we Learn to Associate Clock with Uhr?" (2012). Honors Theses. 816.