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Even though more than half the world's population is bilngual, the study of bilinguals has lagged behind that of monolinguals. With this book, which draws on twenty-five years of the author's research, Francois Grosjean contributes significantly to redressing the balance. The volume covers four areas of research: the definition and characterization of the bilingual person, the perception and production of spoken language by bilinguals, the sign-oral bilingualism of the Deaf, and methodological and conceptual issues in research on bilingualism. While the author takes a largely psycholinguistic approach, his acute linguistic and sociolinguistic awareness is evident throughout and especially so in his reflections on what it means to be bilingual and bicultural. The book also defends increased cooperation among researchers in connecting fields such as the languages sciences and the neurosciences.

Written in a clear and informative style, this volume by a respected authority in the field will interest researchers and students in linguistics, language sciences, psychology, speech and language pathology, cognition, brain sciences, and sign language and the Deaf.

About the Author:
Francois Grosjean is Emeritus Professor of Psycholinguistics, Neuchatel University, Switzerland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199281282
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran�ois Grosjean is Emeritus Professor of Psycholinguistics, Neuch�tel University, Switzerland. He is the author of the much acclaimed Life with Two Languages: An Introduction to Bilingualism (Harvard UP, 1982). In 1997 he founded the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (CUP), which he edited until 2002. In addition to bilingualism, his research focuses on speech perception, comprehension, and production.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
The Bilingual Person
A Wholistic View of Bilingualism     9
The monolingual (or fractional) view of bilingualism     10
The bilingual (or wholistic) view of bilingualism     13
The Complementarity Principle and Language Restructuring     22
The complementarity principle     22
Language restructuring     26
Language Mode
The Bilingual's Language Modes     37
Language mode     39
Evidence for language mode     46
Language mode as a confounding and a control variable     54
Further research on language mode     59
Manipulating Language Mode     67
Production studies     67
Perception studies     77
The Base-language Effect
The Base-language Effect in Speech Perception     88
The PTLD study     89
The gating studies     91
The categorical perception study     95
The naming study     96
Base-language Effect and Categorical Perception     99
Experiment 1: Identification and discrimination of between-language series in isolation     103
Experiment 2: Identification of between-language series in English and French contexts     110
General discussion     115
Is There a Base-language Effect in Speech Production?     118
The phonetics of code-switching     118
The prosody of code-switching     130
Spoken Word Recognition in Bilinguals
The Gender Marking Effect in Bilinguals     139
Experiment 1: Early bilinguals     142
Experiment 2: Late bilinguals     150
General discussion     155
The Role of Guest-Word Properties     159
Method     165
Results and discussion     171
Elements of a model of guest-word recognition     194
The Lewy and Grosjean BIMOLA Model     201
What does a model of bilingual lexical access have to account for?     202
General presentation of the model     203
Specific characteristics     205
A first assessment of the model     208
Biculturalism, Bilingualism, and Deafness
The Bicultural Person: A Short Introduction     213
Characterizing the bicultural person     214
Additional points     216
Identity and biculturalism     218
The Bilingualism and Biculturalism of the Deaf     221
The Deaf bilingual     221
The Deaf bicultural      227
The Deaf child     230
Methodological Issues in Bilingualism Research
Methodological and Conceptual Issues     241
Participants     243
Language mode     251
Stimuli     258
Tasks     261
Models     265
Imaging Bilinguals     273
Summary of the article     273
Commentary     275
Response     277
Reply to the response     280
List of publications on bilingualism and biculturalism by Francois Grosjean     284
References     291
Index     309
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