Accessibility navigation

Effects of dense code-switching on executive control

Hofweber, J., Marinis, T. and Treffers-Daller, J. ORCID: (2019) Effects of dense code-switching on executive control. In: Sekerina, I. A., Spradlin, L. and Valian, V. (eds.) Bilingualism, Executive Function, and Beyond: Questions and insights. Studies in Bilingualism (57). John Benjamins, pp. 161-180. ISBN 9789027262745

Full text not archived in this repository.

It is advisable to refer to the publisher's version if you intend to cite from this work. See Guidance on citing.

To link to this item DOI: 10.1075/sibil.57.11hof


Bilingualism is reported to re-structure executive control networks, but it remains unknown which aspects of the bilingual experience cause this modulation. This study explores the impact of three code-switching types on executive functions: (1) alternation, (2) insertion, and (3) dense code-switching or congruent lexicalization. Current models hypothesize that different code-switching types challenge different aspects of the executive system because they vary in the extent and scope of language separation. Two groups of German-English bilinguals differing in dense code-switching frequency participated in a flanker task under conditions varying in degree of trial-mixing and resulting demands to conflict monitoring. Bilinguals engaging in more dense code-switching showed inhibitory advantages in the condition requiring most conflict monitoring. Moreover, dense code-switching frequency correlated positively with monitoring skills. This suggests that dense code-switching is a key experience shaping bilinguals’ executive functioning and highlights the importance of controlling for participants’ code-switching habits in bilingualism research.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:90551
Publisher:John Benjamins

University Staff: Request a correction | Centaur Editors: Update this record

Page navigation