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ERIC Number: EJ1064771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Language Diversity and Bilingual Processing
Athanasopoulos, Panos; Treffers-Daller, Jeanine
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v18 n5 p519-528 2015
This special issue on language diversity and bilingual processing is based on papers presented at the "Exploratory Workshop on Speaking, Thinking and Gesturing in Two Languages," at the University of Reading, UK, in September 2012, sponsored by the European Science Foundation (IM/SCH/EW11-145). The workshop brought together a multidisciplinary team of researchers interested in exploring how language affects cognition both in terms of structuring information for the purpose of communication, and in terms of non-verbal categorization and perception of reality and the world. Research shows that the information speakers select to describe events and how they package that information is to some extent dependent on the language they speak. Because the research to date has largely focused on monolingual speakers, there is a gap in knowledge about the thinking processes of bilinguals and L2 learners. Thus, studying bilinguals allows tracing the developmental trajectory of language and cognition in the human mind, and thus gain important new insights into the correlation between linguistic and sociocultural variables on the one hand and cognitive categories on the other hand, which studies of monolinguals do not reveal (Athanasopoulos 2011). Workshop papers available in ERIC are: EJ1064749--"Development of Cross-Language Lexical Influence," by G. Storms, E. Ameel and B. C. Malt; EJ1064750--"There Is No Prime for Time: The Missing Link between Form and Concept of Progressive Aspect in L2 Production," by J. Gerwien and M. Flecken; EJ1064753--"The Role of Statistical Learning in the Acquisition of Motion Event Construal in a Second Language," by J. Treffers-Daller and A. Calude; and EJ1064754--"Convergence in the Domains of Static Spatial Relations and Events of Putting and Taking," by R. Berthele.
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Language: English
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