Unconscious automatic translation detected in Bilinguals

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Even fluent bilingual speakers of a language acquired beyond adolescence subconsciously resort to their native language, in a sort of ‘unconscious instant translation service’.
These surprising findings of the research team, at Bangor University’s School of Psychology are published in the prestigious American Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA ( Thierry and Wu, 2007, 06-09927 available on-line 10.7.07 ).

By literally ‘reading the minds’ of Chinese-English bilingual speakers, the authors, Dr Guillaume Thierry and Yan Jing Wu were able to tell their Chinese participants that they had been accessing their native language, although they were totally unaware of it.

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