Research Sketch: Libben, Goral, & Libben (2017)

Bilingualism: A Framework for Understanding the Mental Lexicon

 CORRESPONDING AUTHOR

Maya Libben

University of British Columbia

maya.libben@ubc.ca

 KEYWORDS

bilingualism, mental lexicon, dynamicity

 APA CITATION

Libben, M., Goral, M., & Libben, G. (2017). Bilingualism: A Framework for Understanding the Mental Lexicon. John Benjamins.

 ARTICLE URL

https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/bpa.6/quotes

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The default mental lexicon may in fact be the bilingual lexicon.
  • Cognitive and neurocognitive factors associated with language processing and representation are continually in influenced by the ways in which bilinguals make use of their knowledge.
  • The representations of words are characterized by flux.

ABSTRACT

In the world today, bilingualism is more common than monolingualism. Thus, the default mental lexicon may in fact be the bilingual lexicon. More than ever, social and technological innovation have created a situation in which lexical knowledge may change dramatically throughout an individual’s lifetime. This book offers a new perspective for the understanding of these phenomena and their consequences for the representation of words in the mind and brain. Contributing authors are leaders in the field who provide a re-analysis of key assumptions and a re-focusing of research. They bring new insights and new findings that advance the understanding of both bilingualism and the mental lexicon. This volume serves to generate new directions and advances in bilingualism research.

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