LINGUIST List 14.1210

Tue Apr 29 2003

Books: Multilingualism/Socioling: Fernandez

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  1. paul, Bilingual Sentence Processing: Fernandez

Message 1: Bilingual Sentence Processing: Fernandez

Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 14:16:04 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Bilingual Sentence Processing: Fernandez

Title: Bilingual Sentence Processing
Subtitle: Relative clause attachment in English and Spanish
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 29
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,
Book URL:

Availability: Available

Author: Eva M. Fern�ndez, Queens College, City University of New York 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588113450, Pages: xx, 294 pp., Price: USD 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027224986, Pages: xx, 294 pp., Price: EUR 98.00

The cross-linguistic differences documented in studies of relative
clause attachment offer an invaluable opportunity to examine a
particular aspect of bilingual sentence processing: Do bilinguals
process their two languages as if they were monolingual speakers of
each? This volume provides a review of existing research on relative
clause attachment, showing that speakers of languages like English
attach relative clauses differently than do speakers of languages like
Spanish. Fernández reports the findings of an investigation with
monolinguals and bilinguals, tested using speeded ("on-line") and
unspeeded ("off-line") methodology, with materials in both English and
Spanish. The experiments reveal similarities across the groups when
the procedure is speeded, but differences with unspeeded
questionnaires: The monolinguals replicate the standard
cross-linguistic differences, while bilinguals have
language-independent preferences determined by language dominance ---
bilinguals process stimuli in either of their languages according to
the general preferences of monolinguals of their dominant language.

Table of contents

List of tables ix 
List of figures xiii 
List of appendixes xv 
Abstract xvii 
Foreword xix 
Introduction 1-4
Cross-linguistic differences in sentence processing: The relative
 clause attachment ambiguity 5-66
Language dependency and bilingual sentence processing 67-96 
Materials evaluation: Quality control for experimental sentences
Monolingual experimental data on relative clause attachment
 preferences 125-159
Bilingual experimental data on relative clause attachment preferences
Conclusions 211-220 
Appendixes 221-271 
References 273-284 
Author index 285-288 
Subject index 289-292
Lingfield(s): Bi- & Multilingualism (Sociolinguistics)
		Language Acquisition
Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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