LINGUIST List 30.1040

Wed Mar 06 2019

Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Neuroling, Psycholing, Semantics/Poland

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 04-Mar-2019
From: Katarzyna Jankowiak <>
Subject: On Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms Behind Bilingual Language Processing
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Full Title: On Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms Behind Bilingual Language Processing

Date: 16-Sep-2019 - 18-Sep-2019
Location: Poznań, Poland
Contact Person: Katarzyna Jankowiak
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 12-Apr-2019

Meeting Description:

(Session of 49th Poznań Linguistic Meeting)

On Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms behind Bilingual Language Processing

Conveners: Katarzyna Jankowiak, Katarzyna Bromberek-Dyzman, Rafał Jończyk, Marcin Naranowicz
(Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

Invited Speaker: Arthur Jacobs (Free University of Berlin) on “Neurocognitive Poetics or How the Brain Works in Literature”

Abstract of the Thematic Session:

Over the recent decades, language processing in the context of bilingualism has become one of the most widely studied topics in psycholinguistics. Consequently, much attention has been devoted to elucidating cognitive mechanisms engaged when comprehending the native (L1) and non-native language (L2). To this end, a number of theoretical frameworks and computational models have been proposed (e.g., Kroll and Stewart 1994; Dijkstra and van Heuven 1998; Dijkstra and van Heuven 2002), which aim both to explicate how bilingual speakers process and comprehend their L1 and L2 as well as to propose factors that modulate the automaticity of bilingual language processing.

Research conducted in order to test the postulated assumptions has provided crucial insights into, among others, the issues of language (non)selectivity, the automaticity of lexico-semantic access, and bilingual emotional language processing. Namely, substantial evidence has been provided in support of the language non-selective access view, thus indicating a simultaneous co-activation of both languages even if only one of them is task-relevant (Costa et al. 2005; Lemhöfer et al. 2008; Jouravlev and Jared 2014). The automaticity of L2 lexico-semantic access has been found to be modulated by factors such as L2 proficiency level or language dominance (Phillips et al. 2004; Midgley et al. 2009; Braunstein et al. 2012), and is additionally dependent on stimuli characteristics. For instance, previous research has pointed to a decreased sensitivity to emotionally-laden materials presented in L2 relative to L1 (Chen et al. 2015; Hsu et al. 2015; Jankowiak and Korpal 2018). Specifically, recent evidence demonstrates that negative content may to be processed in a disembodied manner in bilinguals’ second language, indicative of smaller involvement and more superficial manner of processing (Wu and Thierry 2012; Jończyk et al. 2016; Iacozza et al. 2017; García-Palacios et al. 2018). This line of investigation is likely to provide valuable insight on how the mental architecture of language is modified by emotional meanings, and to what extent this emotional modulation is language-related.

Call for Papers:

In this session, we would like to discuss studies that have been aimed to examine such topics by means of employing behavioral and neurophysiological research techniques. We greatly welcome presentations devoted to investigating different factors modulating bilingual language processing as well as to showing how to embrace the new challenges connected with studying bilingual populations.

Abstract submission deadline: 12 April 2019

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