Theories and models in cognitive bilingualism

Julia Festman*, Greg Poarch

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In this chapter, the authors use the term cognitive bilingualism to refer to a merge of two research traditions: the psycholinguistics of bilingualism; and work on the psychological aspects of language, in particular of bilingualism and specifically of effects and consequences of bilingualism on cognition. They provide an overview of the most prominent and empirically well-supported theories and models of cognitive bilingualism. In bilingual research, theorizing has presumably been largely driven by a need for understanding several phenomena unique to bilinguals. Psycholinguistic models of monolingual language production suggest a number of discrete stages that occur during the preparation of speech production until a word or sound is uttered. Language control is understood as the ability to control the use of two languages to avoid interference and, if necessary, to select one or the other language depending on contextual demands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Translation, Interpreting, and Bilingualism
EditorsAline Ferreira, John W. Schwieter
PublisherRoutledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781003109020
ISBN (Print)9780367623487
Publication statusPublished - 31-Jan-2023

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