LaDisco seminar

The next LaDisco seminar will take place on Monday, March 20, from 10 am to 12 pm, room AZ4.103.

We will have the pleasure of hearing Nicolas Ruytenbeek (1) and Kirsten Rosiers (2) presenting the following work :

(1) Asymmetric priming effects between antonyms? (ongoing research)

In this approach, I investigate, with a lexical decision paradigm, the processing correlates of the asymmetric relationship between the members of adjectival antonymic pairs. Assuming the “Negative Adjectives Complexity Hypothesis” (NACH), I put to the test the hypothesis that the priming effect should be stronger from a negative antonym to its positive antonym because, in NACH, a negative adjective is defined in terms of a negative prefix combined with its positive antonym. Accordingly, short should prime tall more than tall should prime short because short “already” contains the morpheme corresponding to “tall”, which facilitates the recognition of tall.

The results of a first pilot experiment provide partial support for this prediction, with response times 45ms faster for positive adjectives relative to their negative counterparts. I discuss the implications of these findings and propose further replications of this experiment.

(2) Translanguaging revisited. Pedagogical and theoretical implications based on an inquiry in two Belgian classrooms.

In this presentation, I will analyze the socio-pedagogical valorization of linguistic repertoires in heterogeneous classrooms. The aim is to reveal how participants in a multilingual and superdiverse classroom context engage interactionally with their total linguistic repertoire and subsequently, to shed light on the pedagogical potential of the ways in which they exploit their multilingual resources by discussing the theoretical concept of translanguaging.

These presentations will be given in English.