Taboo Words and Reprimands Elicit Greater Autonomic Reactivity in a First Language Than in a Second Language.

@inproceedings{Harris2003TabooWA,
  title={Taboo Words and Reprimands Elicit Greater Autonomic Reactivity in a First Language Than in a Second Language.},
  author={Charles L. Harris and Ayşe Ayçiçeği and Jean Berko Gleason},
  year={2003}
}
Second language speakers commonly acknowledge that taboo terms can be uttered with greater ease in their second language (L2) than in their first language (L1). To investigate this phenomenon psychophysiologically, 32 Turkish–English bilinguals rated a variety of stimuli for pleasantness in Turkish (L1) and English (L2) while skin conductance was monitored via fingertip electrodes. Participants demonstrated greater autonomic arousal to taboo words and childhood reprimands (“Shame on you!”) in… CONTINUE READING

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