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ERIC Number: EJ792416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 117
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
Control Mechanisms in Bilingual Language Production: Neural Evidence from Language Switching Studies
Abutalebi, Jubin; Green, David
Language and Cognitive Processes, v23 n4 p557-582 Jun 2008
A key question in bilingual language production research is how bilingual individuals control the use of their two languages. The psycholinguistic literature concerning language control is unresolved. It is a matter of controversy whether (a) issues to do with control are central to understanding bilingual language processing; and (b) if they are, what is the site or sites of control; and (c) whether language control in bilinguals relies upon inhibitory mechanisms.One way to deepen our understanding of language control is to consider the implications from research on functional neuroimaging. In the present paper, we illustrate that neuroimaging research shows that bilinguals engage cognitive control networks for achieving tasks such as language switching. The neural evidence points to multiple neural regions of control that may rely upon an inhibitory mechanism. These 'brain data' may, in turn, stimulate the development of neurocognitive accounts of bilingual language processing. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Language: English
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