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Title: Keeping two languages apart: Connective processing in both languages of Russian–German bilinguals
Author: Pim Mak
Author: Julia Lomako
Author: Natalia Gagarina
Author: Ekaterina Abrosova
Author: Elena Tribushinina
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories
Subject Language: German
Russian
Abstract: Multilingual children are faced with the task of selectively using the linguistic systems of their languages. Previous research has shown that although bilinguals may make more errors in production and comprehension than their monolingual peers, less cognitively demanding processing experiments may reveal target-like performance. This has been attributed to several factors, among which language transfer and processing limitations. In this study we investigate the processing of additive connectives in both languages of German–Russian bilingual children using the Visual World Paradigm. Previous research has shown that bilingual children make many errors in the production of these connectives in Russian. The results show that the processing behaviour in both languages of the bilingual children does not differ from that of their monolingual peers. This finding is compatible with the view that errors in production and in more demanding comprehension tasks are due to processing limitations.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 23, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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