Cognitive Processing in Bilinguals: From Static to Dynamic Models

Kees de Bot

in The Oxford Handbook of Applied Linguistics

Second edition

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195384253
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Cognitive Processing in Bilinguals: From Static to Dynamic Models

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Cognitive processing in bilinguals is the focus of this article. It proposes a move from the current largely static models of multilingual processing to more dynamic models. As in the first edition of this book, the focus is on language production because the models that have been developed for this are detailed, well supported, and have been accepted as the standard at this moment. The first section is largely similar to that previously presented. Then, for the transition to a more dynamic model, Hartsuiker and Pickering's comparative study to evaluate different variants is discussed and contrasted with a view that is based on a dynamic perspective on representation and processing in which change over time is seen as the most important aspect of processing. Traditional psycholinguistic models and their variants are discussed at length. An analysis of the characteristics of the DST-based models of bilingual processing concludes this article.

Keywords: cognitive processing; bilinguals; static models; psycholinguistic; language production

Article.  5827 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Cognitive Linguistics

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