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Title: Event conceptualization in language production of early bilinguals
Written By: Monique Flecken
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series

Although a great percentage of the present day population speaks more than
one language, a smaller number are early bilinguals, in the sense that they
are speakers who have grown up with two languages since childhood. The
present thesis on early Dutch-German bilinguals addresses the question as to
what it means to be such a speaker. It presents insights gained by language
production experiments into conceptualization processes during language use
by Dutch-German bilinguals, with a specific focus on cross-linguistic
differences between the two languages.

The findings show that in the domain of event construal, the bilinguals adhere
to principles that differ subtly from those of 'monolingua'’ speakers of both
languages. To be more specific, the acquisition of two patterns of 'Thinking
and Seeing for Speaking' (cf. Slobin, 1996; von Stutterheim & Nüse, 2003)
results in bilingual-specific performance patterns in language production that
reveal bilingual-specific language processing mechanisms. The findings are
discussed in light of conceptualization preferences that indicate a reliance on
core linguistic principles that overlap between Dutch and German, coupled
with a reliance on basic, simplification strategies. The studies collected in
this thesis make use of several psycholinguistic research methods which
further support the results of the production studies, i.e. eye tracking
measurements,acceptability judgements and an experiment involving
processing constraints.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Dutch
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930386
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