SPEAKER: Monika Molnar, University of Toronto
Title: A developmental perspective on the role of familiar interlocutors in bilingual language separation
Ebbinghaus Empire Series 2017-2018
Abstract: In this talk, I will focus on bilinguals who started to learn two languages in early childhood and who regularly interacted with monolingual and bilingual speakers of their two languages. The main question that I will address is whether these bilinguals use the co-occurrences of languages and interlocutors as a cue for separating their languages. This question is relevant for at least two reasons: (1) recent developmental frameworks of bilingual acquisition propose that interlocutors might play a role in functional language separation during bilingual development; (2) current models of bilingual language activation/selection do not account for non-linguistic information (e.g., interlocutors) as a factor that interacts with the cognitive processes of language activation in adults. I will present behavioral and electrophysiological evidence illustrating that bilingual adults are sensitive to interlocutor-language co-occurrences, however when/whether infants and toddlers learn to associate languages with interlocutors is unclear.
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