Language and thought in L2 learners and bilinguals
This line of research investigates whether knowing more than one language may affect the way people think, as predicted by the linguistic relativity hypothesis.
Bassetti’s research in this area focusses on the effects of grammatical gender on perceptions of the masculinity or feminity of objects and animals. Other topics included the effects of language on calendar processing.
Research area overview: Bassetti, B. & Cook, V. J. (2011) Language and cognition: The second language user. In V. J. Cook & B. Bassetti (Eds.) Language and bilingual cognition (pp. 143-190). Oxford, UK: Psychology Press.
Specific topic overview: Bassetti, B. & Nicoladis, E. (2016). Research on grammatical gender and thought in early and emergent bilinguals. In B., Bassetti & E., Nicoladis (Eds.) Grammatical gender and thought in early and emergent bilinguals. Special issue. International Journal of Bilingualism 20, 3-16. DOI: 10.1177/1367006915576824
Representative publication: Bassetti, B. (2014) Is grammatical gender considered arbitrary or semantically motivated? Evidence from monolinguals, second language learners and early bilinguals. British Journal of Psychology 105(2), 273-294. DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12037 PMID: 24754813
Second language writing systems
This line of research investigates the effects of knowing more than one writing system (also called orthography or script), including effects on reading and writing processes, metalinguistic awareness and speech production.
Within this area, Bassetti has investigated the effects of interword spacing on reading and word awareness in learners of Chinese as a Second Language (ChineseL2), and the effects of pinyin (romanised Chinese) on speech production and phonological awareness in ChineseL2 learners. A recent three-year funded project investigated the effects of English orthographic forms (word spellings) on phonology in ItalianL1 speakers of EnglishL2..
Research area overview: Cook, V. J. & Bassetti, B. (2005). An introduction to researching Second Language Writing Systems. In V. J. Cook & B. Bassetti (Eds.), Second language writing systems (pp. 1-67). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Specific topic overview: Bassetti, B. (2008) Orthographic input and second language phonology. In T. Piske & M. Young-Scholten (Eds.), Input matters in SLA (pp. 191-206). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters. DOI: 10.1017/S0142716414000393
Bassetti, B. (2017) Orthography affects second language speech: Double letters and geminate production in English. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43
PMID: 28504532 DOI: 10.1037/xlm0000417