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Title: Conceptual transfer: Crosslinguistic effects in categorization and construal
Author: Scott H. Jarvis
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Institution: Ohio University
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Psycholinguistics; Applied Linguistics
Abstract: Research on the relationship between language and cognition in bilinguals has often focused on general effects that are common to bilinguals of all language backgrounds, such as the positive effects of bilingualism in various areas of cognitive development (e.g., Bialystok, 2005; Karmiloff-Smith, 1992). However, there are also language-specific effects in the relationship between language and cognition in bilinguals that emerge in the form of cross-linguistic influence and, in many cases, these cross-linguistic effects do not appear to be confined to purely linguistic (e.g., phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic) phenomena. For example, bilinguals??? choice of words for referring to objects and actions, as well as their choice of syntactic and discursive structures for referring to events and situations, often reflect ways of conveying meaning and intentions that are specific to particular language backgrounds.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 14, Issue 1.

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