Through this research a new model of bilingual text comprehension will be formulated. Currently, theories of how readers form meaningful representations of what they read apply only to monolinguals. Bilingual reading is fundamentally different from monolingual reading because a bilingual's two languages are in continual interaction. This research will examine the effect of cross-language activation of concepts on the ability to comprehend new concepts that are described in a text written in a second language.
In this research we will use a combination of eye-movement tracking and computer tasks. For eye-movement monitoring, participants will read texts on a computer screen while an eye-tracking system records their eye fixations and eye-movements. For the computer tasks, participants will read texts on a computer screen and then recall as much as they can from what they read.