Importance Of Inter-Lingual Homophone Retribility In English Bilinguals

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INTRODUCTION: Homophones are one group of words which pronounced in the same way but differing in meaning or spelling or both. Interlingual homophones are words that have identical phonology across languages but different meanings. An example is /more/ which means “peacock” in Hindi and pronounced as “more” in English. Bilingualism is commonly defined as the use of at least two languages by an individual (ASHA, 2004). It is a fluctuating system in children and adults whereby use of and proficiency in two languages may change depending on the opportunities to use the languages and exposure to other users of the languages. It is a dynamic and fluid process across
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Previous study has found the inter-lingual homophone retrieval ability in Hindi-Kannada bilinguals. It is necessary, then, to determine how the inter-lingual homophone retrieval ability in Hindi-English bilinguals.

Hence this study tries to explore how the inter-lingual homophone retrieval ability in bilinguals (younger adults).

AIM &OBJECTIVES: The present study is aimed to investigate the language of dominance and its pattern in Hindi-English bilinguals and multilingual using inter-lingual homophones .i.e. words which has similar pronunciation but different meaning within or across language.


Participants: 40 subjects in the age range of 19 to 23 participated in the study. The study group consisted of both native speakers of Hindi (20) and non-native Hindi speakers (20). The participants were divided in to two groups. Group 1 included 20 participants with Hindi as L1 and Group 2 included 20 participants with Hindi/English as L2. All the participants were proficient and comfortable in using both the languages. All the participants were graduate students. The Australian second Language Proficiency Rating was administered for the

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