Lexical Representation and Processing in Bodo–Assamese Bilinguals
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Contact between people speaking different languages has been a common phenomenon since ancient times. As globalization has increased awareness of the extent of language contact and linguistic diversity, questions concerning bilingualism have taken on an increasing importance from both practical and scholarly points of view (Wei & Moyer, 2008). Psycholinguistics has greatly enriched the field of bilingualism research by providing insights into the bilingual mind, in order to better understand the cognitive basis of bilingualism and the logic of experimental and formal approaches to language science. Psycholinguistic research in the field of bilingual lexical processing has suggested that information from the non-target language is spontaneously accessed when bilinguals read, listen, or speak in a given language. Although there has been extensive research in this area, the available evidence is not always consistent and the answers to some of the questions are still subject to controversy. Grosjean (1998a) suggested that variation in experimental manipulations may influence the pattern of results and be responsible for differences in outcomes.
Supervisor: Bidisha Som
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES