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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: The dynamics of bilingual lexical access
Author: Albert Costa
Institution: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Author: Wido La Heij
Institution: Universiteit Leiden
Author: Eduardo Navarrete
Institution: Parc Científic Universitat de Barcelona
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: In this article we discuss different views about how information flows through the lexical system in bilingual speech production. In the first part, we focus on some of the experimental evidence often quoted in favor of the parallel activation of the bilinguals' two languages from the semantic system in the course of language production. We argue that such evidence does not require us to embrace the existence of parallel activation of the two languages of a bilingual. In the second part of the article, we discuss the possibility that the language-not-in-use (or the non-response language) is activated via feedback from the sublexical representations and we devise some experimental procedures to assess the validity of such an assumption.

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This article appears in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 9, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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