Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 159–179 | Cite as

Characterizing the Bilingual Disadvantage in Noun Phrase Production

  • Jasmin Sadat
  • Clara D. Martin
  • F. Xavier Alario
  • Albert Costa
Original Paper


Up to now, evidence on bilingual disadvantages in language production comes from tasks requiring single word retrieval. The present study aimed to assess whether there is a bilingual disadvantage in multiword utterances, and to determine the extent to which such effect is present in onset latencies, articulatory durations, or both. To do so, we tested two groups of Spanish speakers (monolinguals and early highly proficient bilinguals using their first and dominant language) each in two different production tasks: bare noun and noun phrase production. Onset latencies were longer for bilinguals relative to monolinguals in both production tasks. Regarding articulatory durations, we observed a clear bilingual disadvantage in noun phrase production and a strong tendency in bare noun production. These findings generalize the bilingual disadvantage in speech production to various performance measures (onset latency and articulatory duration of production) and beyond single words.


Bilingualism Language production Noun phrases Articulatory durations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jasmin Sadat
    • 1
    • 2
  • Clara D. Martin
    • 1
  • F. Xavier Alario
    • 2
  • Albert Costa
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les ComunicacionsUniversitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive, CNRSUniversité de Provence, Centre St CharlesMarseilleFrance
  3. 3.Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)BarcelonaSpain

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