1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Neurolinguistics

Edited By Kara Morgan-Short, Janet G. van Hell Copyright 2024
    514 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Neurolinguistics provides a comprehensive discussion of a wide range of neurocognitive and neurobiological scientific research about learning second or additional languages. It is a one-of-a-kind centralized resource that brings together research that is typically found in disperse publication venues.

    Eminent global scholars from various disciplines synthesize and cross-fertilize current and past neural research about second language through systematic, in-depth, and timely chapters that discuss cores issues for understanding the neurocognition of second language learning, representation, and processing. Handbook sections provide overviews of extant and emerging neuroscience methods, syntheses of neurocognitive research on second language syntax, morphosyntax, lexicon, phonology, and pragmatics, and up-to-date descriptions of theoretical approaches of the neural basis of second language learning. The volume provides additional sections that synthesize research on a variety of topics including factors that affect the neurocognition of second language, the neural mechanisms underlying second language learning, individual differences in the neurocognition of second language, as well as research on understudied languages and populations, such as sign language, child second language learners, and individuals with aphasia.

    This handbook will be an indispensable resource to scholars and students across a wide range of disciplines, including those interested in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and research methodology. It should facilitate transformative connections between ideas and disciplines and lead to informative and productive paths for future research.

    List of Contributors



    1.      Second Language Acquisition and Neurolinguistics: A Synthesis of Perspectives

    Janet G. van Hell and Kara Morgan-Short


    Part I - Methodological Approaches for Neurolinguistic Examination of Second Language

    2.      Using Time-Based Encephalography to Investigate Second Language

    Danielle S. Dickson and Eric Pelzl

    3.      Using Quantitative Encephalography (qEEG) to Investigate Second Language learning

    Malayka Mottarella and Chantel S. Prat

    4.      Using Functional Neuroimaging to Investigate Second Language Organization

    Shanna Kousaie and Denise Klein

    5.      Using Structural Neuroimaging to Investigate Second Language

    Eleonora Rossi, Toms Voits, and Vincent DeLuca

    6.      Using Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation to Investigate Second Language

    Nick Pandža 


    Part II - The Neurolinguistics of Second Language Learning, Representation, and Processing

    7.      The Neurolinguistics of Second Language Phonology: A View of Phonemic Contrast Learning

    Emily Myers and Pamela Fuhrmeister

    8.      The Neurolinguistics of the Second Language Lexico-Semantic System

    Natasha Tokowicz and Victoria Tkacikova

    9.      The Neurolinguistics of the Second Language Morphological System: The Role of Grammar-Related and Speaker-Related Factors

    Nicoletta Biondo, Nicola Molinaro, and Simona Mancini

    10.    The Neurolinguistics of the Second Language Syntactic System

     José Alemán Bañon, Robert Fiorentino, and Alison Gabriele

    11.    The Neurolinguistics of the Second Language Pragmatic System

    Francesca M. M. Citron


    Part III - Neurolinguistic Theories and Models of Second Language

    12.    How the Declarative and Procedural Memory Brain Circuits Support Second Language: Electrophysiological, Neuroimaging, and Neurological Evidence

    Michael T. Ullman and Kara Morgan-Short

    13.    Neurolinguistic Methods and Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition

    David Miller, Vincent DeLuca, Kyle Swanson, and Jason Rothman

    14.    Second Language Acquisition and Neuroplasticity: Insights from the Dynamic Restructuring Model

    Michal Korenar and Christos Pliatsikas 

    15.    Linguistic Relativity and Second Language: How Learning a Second Language May Reshape Cognition

    Aina Casaponsa and Guillaume Thierry

    16.    Neurocognition of Social Learning of Second Language: How Can Second Language be Learned as First Language?

    Hyeonjeong Jeong and Ping Li


    Part IV - Underlying Factors and Individual Differences in the Neurocognition of Second Language

    17.    Genetic Factors in Second Language Neurocognition

    Kelly A. Vaughn, Anushka Oak, and Arturo E. Hernandez 

    18.   Age and Proficiency in Second Language Neurocognition

    Lauren A. Fromont 

    19.    De-generacy as an Organizing Principle of Bilingual Language Processing: Evidence from Brain and Behavior 

    Anne L. Beatty-Martínez and Debra A. Titone

    20.    Factors Accounting for Individual Differences in Second Language Neurocognition

    Alicia Luque and Lauren Covey


    Part V - Second Language in Relation to the Neurocognition of First Language and Additional Languages

    21.    Cross-Linguistic Transfer in Second Language Neurocognition

    Laura Sabourin and Gabrielle Manning

    22.    Second Language Neurocognition and First Language Attrition

    Merel Keijzer and Bregtje Seton

    23.    First Language/Second Language Crosslinguistic Influence on Third Language Acquisition via Neurocognitive Memory Systems

    Emily Shimeng Xu and Patrick Chun Man Wong


    Part VI - The Neurocognition of Second Language Learning: Mechanisms and Contexts

    24.    The Neurocognition of Prediction in Second Language Processing and Learning

    Edith Kaan

    25.    Feedback in Second Language Neurocognition

    Sybrine Bultena

    26.    Memory Consolidation in Second Language Neurocognition

    Clara Eckerdt, Atsuko Takashima, and James M. McQueen

    27.    Context of Learning in Second Language Neurocognition

    Harriet Wood Bowden and Mandy Faretta-Stutenberg

    28.    Embodied Second Language Processing and Learning from a Neurocognitive Perspective

    Ana Zappa and Cheryl Frenck-Mestre


    Part VII - Selective Topics in the Neurocognition of Second Language

    29.    The Neurocognition of Foreign Accent Perception

    Sendy Caffara, Leah Gosselin, Trisha Thomas and Clara D. Martin     

    30.    Decision Making and Second Language Neurocognition

    Alice Foucart

    31.    Cognitive Control in Second Language Neurocognition

    Taomei Guo and Fengyang Ma

    32.    The Neurocognition of Child Second Language Development

    Valeria Ortiz-VillalobosIoulia Kovelman, and Teresa Satterfield

    33.    The Neurocognition of Learning a Second Language in the Visual-Manual Modality

    Gabriela Meade

    34.    Aphasia, Rehabilitation, and Second Language Neurocognition

    Michael Scimeca, Erin Carpenter, and Swathi Kiran




    Kara Morgan-Short is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago, USA. She directs the Cognition of Second Language Acquisition laboratory, has served as Associate Editor of the journal Language Learning, and has won undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring awards.

    Janet G. van Hell is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Linguistics and Director of the Center for Language Science at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. She has served as Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Psychology, and has received excellence in graduate student and postdoc mentoring awards.

    The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Neurolinguistics is a useful resource for novices and experts alike. It provides a comprehensive compilation of expert reviews of up-to-date academic research on theoretical and methodological aspects of SLA at the intersection of neurocognition and neurolinguistics.

     Professor Viorica Marian, Northwestern University, USA

    This volume is an invaluable, one-of-a-kind, one-stop resource for anyone interested in the neurobiological and neurocognitive bases of the acquisition of additional languages. The editors have made a titanic effort to include a wide range of methods, levels of linguistic analysis, languages, and populations, as motivated by cross-disciplinary perspectives.

    Professor Cristina Sanz, Georgetown University, USA

    This impressive handbook provides an authoritative in-depth overview of how cognitive neuroscience has expanded our understanding of how the brain supports the acquisition and processing of a second or third language. It is a highly recommended resource for students and scholars – and for anyone interested in how a bilingual brain works.

    Professor Karsten Steinhauer, McGill University, Canada