BEHAVIOURIs bilingual lexical access influenced by language context?Paulmann, Silke; Elston-Güttler, Kerrie E.; Gunter, Thomas C.; Kotz, Sonja A.Author Information Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany Correspondence and requests for reprints to Silke Paulmann, Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, PO Box 500 355, 04303 Leipzig, Germany Tel: +49 (0)341 9940 249; fax: +49 (0)341 9940 260; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Received 14 February 2006; accepted 17 February 2006 NeuroReport: May 15th, 2006 - Volume 17 - Issue 7 - p 727-731 doi: 10.1097/01.wnr.0000214400.88845.fa Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Using primed lexical decision, we measured reaction times and event-related brain potentials to targets that had German meanings (boss) of German–English interlingual homograph primes (chef). In an all-English experiment, we tested the effects of (1) global language context created by a first- or second-language film before the experiment, and (2) context over time, by analyzing the first and second experimental halves. We report significant reaction time and event-related potential priming of first-language meanings in the second-language experiment. The effects obtained despite block and context manipulations support and extend the nonselective access theory of bilingual word recognition. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.