Special Issue "Cognitive and Linguistic Aspects of the Multilingual Advantage"

A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X). This special issue belongs to the section "Cognition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 106

Special Issue Editors

Faculty 1, Romance Linguistics, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Gaußstr. 20, 42119 Wuppertal, Germany
Interests: (first) language acquisition; multilingualism; Romance languages; syntax
Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Interests: ESL; EFL; BELF; cognitive linguistics; psycholinguistics; eLearning; blended learning; english as a lingua franca; business communication; managerial communication; ICT in education; intercultural communication
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1. Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
2. Department of Linguistics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
3. Departamento de Lenguas Aplicadas, Universidad Nebrija, 28015 Madrid, Spain
Interests: linguistic theory and language acquisition; romance linguistics; bilingualism; migrant and refugee language; contact linguistics; code-switching; pidging and creole grammars; pedagogical grammar; bilingualism and non-typical language development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In most of the literature in this field of research, beneficial effects on cognitive control tasks in bilingual/multilingual participants as compared to monolinguals have been reported. This so-called bilingual advantage is attributed to enhanced executive functioning due to experience with control over language activation/inhibition—the daily linguistic experience of bilinguals in which two competing language systems have to be handled for the selection of the adequate linguistic form. However, it is also generally assumed that this bilingual (cognitive) advantage does not extend to tasks which test knowledge of grammar. The negative effects of bilingualism are related to interference from the other language, leading to the paradox that the bilingual advantage affects cognition, but not language (grammar).

Recently, the idea that this bilingual (cognitive) advantage exists in every multilingual individual has been challenged. Many factors are assumed to play a role here, but factors related to the linguistic systems involved are not mentioned. On the other hand, language acquisition studies focusing on linguistic aspects of the grammatical systems involved have proved that multilinguals have a linguistic advantage. Cognitive and linguistic aspects of language acquisition have given rise to different language acquisition theories. While in usage-based approaches, language is a cognitive instrument, generative approaches assume a Universal Grammar specific to the domain of language to solve the logical problem of language acquisition. The recent evidence from cognitive and linguistic approaches to language acquisition points to combined cognitive and linguistic approaches, one of which is the epigenetic approach to language acquisition.

To investigate the field of cognitive science, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and applied linguistics, we would like to invite the submission of experimental studies that deal with the topic of bilingual/multilingual advantage in various manifestations as they are represented by human behavior and cognition. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the given topic are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Natascha Müller
Dr. Marcel Pikhart
Prof. Dr. Juana M. Liceras
Guest Editors

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  • cognitive science
  • cognitive linguistics
  • psycholinguistics
  • cognition and behavior
  • first language acquisition
  • L2/L3/Ln acquisition
  • foreign language learning
  • non-typical language development
  • child and adult simultaneous bilingualism and multilingualism
  • child and adult successive bilingualism and multilingualism

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