Without a doubt, this book will become the primary textbook for graduate courses in psycholinguistics. It is likely to end up on the required reading list for most active researchers with an interest in psycholinguistics specifically and in cognitive science in general. ( PsycCritiques)
This volume presents a thorough coverage of the entire field of psycholinguistic research on bilingualism, from lexical access to functional neuroimaging. All the articles are by experts in their area and were written expressly for this volume. It is hard to imagine a better or more useful contribution to the field. ( Kenneth I. Forster, Professor of Psychology, University of Arizona)
This very first handbook on bilingualism will be an indispensable beacon and a source of inspiration for all students of the bilingual mind. The editors created a transparent and coherent framework for the worlds experts to review the booming psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience of bilingual acquisition, comprehension and production. ( Willem J. M. Levelt, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
The Handbook of Bilingualism is essential reading for anyone interested in questions about learning and using a second language. It addresses all the classic questions and raises new ones that have begun to be answered with new methods of brain imaging. The editors of this handbook are both outstanding investigators, and the 26 chapters provide a comprehensive review of theories and experimental studies of bilingualism. The book is beautifully written, in many cases in an authors second language. As islands of monolingualism such as those in parts of the United States increasingly give way to the bilingualism and multilingualism of most people in the world, a scientific understanding of the nature of bilingualism and the ways a second language is acquired becomes even more important. This handbook is a comprehensive resource for that enterprise. I recommend it with the greatest enthusiasm. ( Mary C. Potter, Professor of Psychology, MIT)
Kroll and de Groot have been two of the most prolific and influential researchers in the psycholinguistic investigation of bilingualism. In this book, they have brought together a truly impressive group of researchers. As the editors note, studies of bilingualism from a cognitive-science perspective have exploded in the last decade, as scientists have come to appreciate how normal bilingual language use is. Thus, the cutting-edge work presented in this collection should be of great interest to anyone who is looking for a better understanding of human language, and of cognition more broadly. ( Arthur Samuel, Professor of Psychology, SUNY Stony Brook)
How is language acquired when infants are exposed to multiple language input from birth and when adults are required to learn a second language after early childhood? How do adult bilinguals comprehend and produce words and sentences when their two languages are potentially always active and in competition with one another? What are the neural mechanisms that underlie proficient bilingualism? What are the general consequences of bilingualism for cognition and for language and thought? This handbook will be essential reading for cognitive psychologists, linguists, applied linguists, and educators who wish to better understand the cognitive basis of bilingualism and the logic of experimental and formal approaches to language science.
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