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The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingual Processing


  • 31 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 858 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.82 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 404/.2083
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: P115.2 .C36 2015
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Bilingualism--Handbooks, manuals, etc
    • Education, Bilingual--Handbooks, manuals, etc
    • Language acquisition--Handbooks, manuals, etc
    • Second language acquisition--Research
    • Language and languages--Research

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9781107060586)

How does a human acquire, comprehend, produce and control multiple languages with just the power of one mind? What are the cognitive consequences of being a bilingual? These are just a few of the intriguing questions at the core of studying bilingualism from psycholinguistic and neurocognitive perspectives. Bringing together some of the world's leading experts in bilingualism, cognitive psychology and language acquisition, The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingual Processing explores these questions by presenting a clear overview of current theories and findings in bilingual processing. This comprehensive handbook is organized around overarching thematic areas including theories and methodologies, acquisition and development, comprehension and representation, production, control, and the cognitive consequences of bilingualism. The handbook serves as an informative overview for researchers interested in cognitive bilingualism and the logic of theoretical and experimental approaches to language science. It also functions as an instrumental source of readings for anyone interested in bilingual processing.

• First book to provide a comprehensive overview of the field of bilingual processing • Contains contributions from leading experts in the field • Includes a section dedicated to bilingual language control, an emerging research area within bilingual processing


Part I. Introduction: 1. Bilingual processing: a dynamic and rapidly changing field John W. Schwieter and Natasha Tokowicz; Part II. Theories and Methodologies: 2. Six decades of research on bilingual representation and processing Nan Jiang; 3. Computational modeling of bilingual language acquisition and processing: conceptual and methodological considerations Ping Li and Xiaowei Zhao; 4. Methods for studying adult bilingualism Michael Spivey and Cynthia Cardon; 5. Methods for studying infant bilingualism Krista Byers-Heinlein; Part III. Acquisition and Development: 6. Becoming bilingual: are there different learning pathways? Núria Sebastián-Gallés; 7. Phonology and morphology in lexical processing Kira Gor; 8. Processing perspectives on instructed second language acquisition Bill VanPatten; 9. Learning second language vocabulary: insights from laboratory studies Natasha Tokowicz and Tamar Degani; 10. Second language constructions: usage-based acquisition and transfer Nick Ellis, Ute Römer and Matthew O'Donnell; 11. Variability in bilingual processing: a dynamic approach Wander Lowie and Kees de Bot; Part IV. Comprehension and Representation: 12. Conceptual representation in bilinguals: the role of language specificity and conceptual change Panos Athanasopoulos; 13. Emotion word processing within and between languages Jeanette Altarriba and Dana Basnight-Brown; 14. Orthographic processing in bilinguals Walter van Heuven and Emily Coderre; 15. Bilingual lexical access during written sentence comprehension Ana Schwartz; 16. Cross-language interactions during bilingual sentence processing Paola Dussias, Amelia Dietrich and Álvaro Villegas; Part V. Production: 17. Individual differences in second language speech production Judit Kormos; 18. Parallel language activation in bilinguals' word production and its modulating factors: a review and computer simulations Annette de Groot and Peter Starreveld; 19. Cross-language asymmetries in codeswitching patterns: implications for bilingual language production Carol Myers-Scotton and Janice Jake; 20. Intra-sentential code-switching: cognitive and neural approaches Janet van Hell, Kaitlyn Litcofsky and Caitlin Ting; Part VI. Control: 21. Selection and control in bilingual comprehension and production Judith Kroll, Jason Gullifer, Rhonda McClain, Eleonora Rossi and María Cruz Martín; 22. On the mechanism and scope of language control in bilingual speech production Cristina Baus, Francesca Branzi and Albert Costa; 23. Behavioural measures of language control: production and comprehension Julia Festman and John W. Schwieter; 24. Neural perspectives of language control Arturo Hernandez; Part VII. Consequences of Bilingualism: 25. Cognitive consequences of bilingualism: executive control and cognitive reserve Ellen Bialystok and Fergus Craik; 26. Does bilingual exercise enhance cognitive fitness in traditional non-linguistic executive processing tasks? Matthew Hilchey, Jean Saint-Aubin and Raymond Klein; 27. Neural consequences of bilingualism for cortical and subcortical function Jennifer Krizman and Viorica Marian; 28. How bilingualism shapes the mental lexicon Gary Libben and Mira Goral; 29. Losing a first language to a second language Eve Higby and Loraine Obler; 30. Moving beyond two languages: the effects of multilingualism on language processing and language learning Jared Linck, Erica Michael, Ewa Golonka, Alina Twist and John W. Schwieter.


'The editor has brought together an excellent group of scholars who provide a comprehensive state-of-the-art overview on topics inherent to bilingual language processing. In the coming years, this volume will surely become the reference book for researchers and students working in the field of bilingualism.' Jubin Abutalebi, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele

'A handbook to take with you on your intellectual journeys! It provides a detailed map of the dynamic world of multilingualism and is indispensable to both first-time visitors and long-time explorers. The multifaceted landscape of language learning and use is portrayed from a multidisciplinary perspective by means of established and innovative models, methodologies, and findings in the field.' Ton Dijkstra, Radboud University Nijmegen

'The study of bilingualism has seen a virtual explosion over the past twenty years with increasing interest both in bilingualism itself as a topic of study and in how bilinguals provide a unique form of evidence which will contribute to long-standing debates in the cognitive sciences. This comprehensive volume of papers touches on all the major points of special interest including bilinguals of all ages, proficiency levels, and acquisition histories, as well as the various methodologies applied and theoretical debates within the field. Each of these points of focus is reviewed in this volume by key voices in the field culminating in a volume of work that will be useful for students and researchers alike, and one that should quickly gain status as a reference and guide to the latest and greatest in research on bilingualism as well as its broader implications.' Tamar Gollan, University of California, San Diego

'This exciting volume presents a set of cutting-edge overviews of the complex field of bilingual processing, covering a range of theoretical and methodological topics. A must-read for anyone interested in the nature of bilingualism.' Marianne Gullberg, Lund University

'This volume provides a well-structured and comprehensive overview of current theoretical perspectives and empirical findings regarding the representation- and processing-related mechanisms involved in second language acquisition and the tasks of becoming and being bilingual. The chapters cover nearly all subsystems of language, deal with both comprehension and production, and address important issues such as attrition, cross-linguistic influence, the cognitive consequences of bilingualism, and the effects of multilingualism on language processing. This is an excellent resource for anyone who works in this area.' Scott Jarvis, Ohio University

'Both new and seasoned researchers will find this handbook truly indispensable. The line-up of contributors is outstanding, the range of topics vast, and the treatment more than introductory, providing comprehensive historical background and bold discussion of contemporary and controversial issues. Definitely a must-have reference source.' Norman Segalowitz, Concordia University

'How can we control the use of multiple languages without massive confusion? Addressing this question forces us to explore an entirely new conceptualization of the human mind. This excellent handbook provides us with an invitation to this exploration by synthesizing core facts about non-selective access, early bilingual separation, transfer, interference, control processes, cues for code-switching, meaning merger, learning dynamics, and emotional grounding. Each of these topics is explored with careful attention to the use of converging methodologies to increase the precision of our models.' Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University


John W. Schwieter, Natasha Tokowicz, Nan Jiang, Ping Li, Xiaowei Zhao, Michael Spivey, Cynthia Cardon, Krista Byers-Heinlein, Núria Sebastián-Gallés, Kira Gor, Bill VanPatten, Tamar Degani, Nick Ellis, Ute Römer, Matthew O'Donnell, Wander Lowie, Kees de Bot, Panos Athanasopoulos, Jeanette Altarriba, Dana Basnight-Brown, Walter van Heuven, Emily Coderre, Ana Schwartz, Paola Dussias, Amelia Dietrich, Álvaro Villegas, Judit Kormos, Annette de Groot, Peter Starreveld, Carol Myers-Scotton, Janice Jake, Janet van Hell, Kaitlyn Litcofsky, Caitlin Ting, Judith Kroll, Jason Gullifer, Rhonda McClain, Eleonora Rossi, María Cruz Martín, Cristina Baus, Francesca Branzi, Albert Costa, Julia Festman, Arturo Hernandez, Ellen Bialystok, Fergus Craik, Matthew Hilchey, Jean Saint-Aubin, Raymond Klein, Jennifer Krizman, Viorica Marian, Gary Libben, Mira Goral, Eve Higby, Loraine Obler, Jared Linck, Erica Michael, Ewa Golonka, Alina Twist

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