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Fri Aug 21 2020

Books: Bilingual Grammar: Lopez

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Date: 19-Aug-2020
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Subject: Bilingual Grammar: Lopez
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Title: Bilingual Grammar
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Luis Lopez
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108485302 Pages: 236 Price: U.S. $ 110
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108485302 Pages: 236 Price: U.K. £ 85

Does a bilingual person have two separate lexicons and two separate grammatical systems? Or should the bilingual linguistic competence be regarded as an integrated system? This book explores this issue, which is central to current debate in the study of bilingualism, and argues for an integrated hypothesis: the linguistic competence of an individual is a single cognitive faculty, and the bilingual mind should not be regarded as fundamentally different from the monolingual one. This conclusion is backed up with a variety of empirical data, in particular code-switching, drawn from a variety of bilingual pairs. The book introduces key notions in minimalism and distributed morphology, making them accessible to readers with different scholarly foci. This book is of interest to those working in linguistics and psycholinguistics, especially bilingualism, code-switching, and the lexicon.

Brings in evidence from both linguistic theory and psycholinguistics that shows how the two fields converge on the integrated hypothesis

Makes key notions of linguistic theory accessible to readers of various scholarly traditions, while simultaneously demonstrating how these notions are relevant to work on bilingualism

A variety of contact phenomena are discussed and receive a unifying analysis

1. Introduction. Motivating a unified linguistic system
2. Remarks on separationist architectures
3. Phases, distributed morphology and some contributions from code-switching
4. 1Lex in MDM
5. Building the case for 1Lex: Gender
6. 1PF in MDM
7. Lexical questions: what do you know when you know a word?
8. Psycho-syntactic questions: acquisition, priming and co-activation, and a note on the processing cost
9. Convergent and divergent paths
10. General conclusions
11. Appendix. Restrictions on code-switching
12. Appendix. The Creole continuum
List of figures

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Written In: English (eng)

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