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Language control and executive control

Wolleb, A., Sorace, A. and Westergaard, M. (2019) Language control and executive control. In: Sekerina, I. A., Spradlin, L. and Valin, V. (eds.) Bilingualism, Execution Function, and Beyond. Studies in Bilingualism (57). John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 147-159. ISBN 9789027202437

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1075/sibil.57.10wol


In this paper, we review recent literature on the cognitive benefits of bilingualism and suggest that studies focusing on language processing can provide insights in the debate surrounding the “bilingual advantage hypothesis”. We argue that cross-language priming can be a useful research tool, because it recruits different types of abilities, some of which may not be language-specific. Specifically, we claim that the mechanism that allows speakers to correctly select the target language in cross-language priming may be the same that is needed in cognitive tasks to alternate between different sets of rules. We further argue that the choice of a specific linguistic structure is, by contrast, governed by processes that are purely linguistic in nature.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Central Services > Office of the Vice Chancellor
ID Code:84283
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company

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