Bilingualism, Executive Function, and Beyond

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  • Editor(s): Irina A. Sekerina 1 , Lauren Spradlin 2  and Virginia Valian 3
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    Affiliations: 1: College of Staten Island, City University of New York / The Graduate Center of the City University of New York; 2: The Graduate Center of the City University of New York; 3: Hunter College, City University of New York, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Format: PDF, EPUB
  • Publication Date June 2019
  • e-Book ISBN: 9789027262745
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/sibil.57


The study of bilingualism has charted a dramatically new, important, and exciting course in the 21st century, benefiting from the integration in cognitive science of theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, and cognitive psychology (especially work on the higher-level cognitive processes often called executive function or executive control). Current research, as exemplified in this book, advances the study of the effects of bilingualism on executive function by identifying many different ways of being bilingual, exploring the multiple facets of executive function, and developing and analyzing tasks that measure executive function. The papers in this volume (21 chapters), by leading researchers in bilingualism and cognition, investigate the mechanisms underlying the effects (or lack thereof) of bilingualism on cognition in children, adults, and the elderly. They take us beyond the standard, classical, black-and-white approach to the interplay between bilingualism and cognition by presenting new methods, new findings, and new interpretations.

Subjects: Cognition and language; Bilingualism; Language acquisition; Cognitive psychology


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