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Examining language switching in bilinguals: The role of preparation time*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 November 2015

Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism (PRIM), University of Potsdam, Germany International Doctorate in Experimental Approaches to Language And the Brain (IDEALAB), University of Potsdam, Germany University of Groningen, The Netherlands; University of Trento, Italy Newcastle University, UK Macquarie University, Australia.
Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism (PRIM), University of Potsdam, Germany
Address for correspondence: Michela Mosca, University of Potsdam, Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism (PRIM),


Much research on language control in bilinguals has relied on the interpretation of the costs of switching between two languages. Of the two types of costs that are linked to language control, switching costs are assumed to be transient in nature and modulated by trial-specific manipulations (e.g., by preparation time), while mixing costs are supposed to be more stable and less affected by trial-specific manipulations. The present study investigated the effect of preparation time on switching and mixing costs, revealing that both types of costs can be influenced by trial-specific manipulations.

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The research presented in this study was supported by a PhD fellowship from the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme (EMJD) of the European Union to MM and an Alexander-von-Humboldt-Professorship to HC. We are grateful to the members of the Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism for detailed and helpful comments on the present work.


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