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Bilingualism Across the Lifespan
Opportunities and Challenges for Cognitive Research in a Global Society

Edited By

Wendy S. Francis

ISBN 9781138500822
Published June 1, 2021 by Routledge
196 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Bilingualism Across the Lifespan explores the opportunities and challenges that are inherent in conducting cognitive research in an increasingly global and multilingual society.

Divided into three sections, the book highlights the multifaceted and complex nature of bilingualism. The first section focuses on what every cognitive psychologist ought to know about bilingualism: the impact of bilingualism on cognition across the lifespan, the idea that bilinguals are not a special case, and the importance of bilingualism in cognitive research beyond language. The second section focuses on challenges inherent in bilingual research: diversity of bilingual experience, the assessment of proficiency, and finding matched comparison groups and materials. Finally, the book considers opportunities that are created when bilingualism is incorporated into the cognitive research enterprise. It illustrates how researchers of bilingualism leverage theory, methodology, and findings from single-language research, incorporate uniquely bilingual processes or representations, and target populations of bilinguals that help to establish universal properties.

Bringing together leading international contributors, the book provides the reader with a better understanding of the nature of bilingualism and bilingual research as it relates to human cognition. It will be an essential read for all researchers and upper-level students of bilingualism and cognitive psychology more generally.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Volume

Wendy S. Francis

Section I: What Every Cognitive Psychologist Needs to Know about Bilingualism

Chapter 2: Cognitive Effects of Bilingualism: An Evolving Perspective

Ellen Bialystok

Chapter 3: Bilingualism Moves us Beyond the Ideal Speaker Narrative in Cognitive Psychology

Mehrgol Tiv, Ethan Kutlu, & Debra Titone

Chapter 4: Including Bilingual Participants in Cognitive Research

Anat Prior & Janet G. van Hell

Section II: Challenges Inherent in Cognitive Research with Bilingual Participants and Bilingual Materials

Chapter 5: Diversity of Bilingual Circumstances and Implications for Language and Cognition

Allison M. Wilck & Jeanette Altarriba

Chapter 6: Assessment of Language Proficiency and Dominance in Monolinguals and Bilinguals

Elizabeth D. Peña, Lisa M. Bedore, & Julio Torres

Chapter 7: Design Challenges: Development of Bilingual Materials and Making Appropriate Comparisons

Natasha Tokowicz & Tamar Degani

Section III: Opportunities Created by Including Bilingual Participants and Bilingual Materials in Cognitive Research

Chapter 8: Using Existing Cognitive Constructs to Better Understand Bilingual Memory

Wendy S. Francis

Chapter 9: Adapting Monolingual-Based Models and Frameworks to Bilingualism: Opportunities and Obstacles

Ana I. Schwartz

Chapter 10: Bilingualism in Deaf and Hearing Signers: A Window into the Dynamics of Language Variation

Jill P. Morford & Judith F. Kroll


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