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The Multilingual Mind
A Modular Processing Perspective

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  • Date Published: August 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107612457

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  • Language lies at the heart of the way we think, communicate and view the world. Most people on this planet are in some sense multilingual. The Multilingual Mind explores, within a processing perspective, how languages share space and interact in our minds. The mental architecture proposed in this volume permits research across many domains in cognitive science to be integrated and explored within one explanatory framework, recasting compatible insights and findings in terms of a common set of terms and concepts. The MOGUL framework has already proven effective for shedding light on the relationship between processing and learning, metalinguistic knowledge, consciousness, optionality, crosslinguistic influence, the initial state, 'UG access', ultimate attainment, input enhancement, and even language instruction. This groundbreaking work will be essential reading for linguists working in language acquisition, multilingualism, and language processing, as well as for those working in related areas of psychology, neurology and cognitive science.

    • Discusses language within a broader framework of cognition and integrates compatible perspectives from specialist fields
    • Integrates current trends in cognitive science, allowing readers to gain easy access to relevant research from different disciplines
    • Treats multilingualism and second language acquisition as particular instances of language acquisition, enabling readers to learn about broader based approaches to language learning
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'An immensely interesting treatment of the bilingual mind, full of important ideas about the cognitive systems that support the acquisition and use of language.' William O'Grady, University of Hawaii, Manoa

    'Sharwood Smith and Truscott present their long-awaited book-length treatment of the MOGUL framework, an approach to linguistic - and in particular bilingual and multilingual - development which reconciles approaches from various contemporary linguistic, psycholinguistic and cognitive domains. The result is thorough, convincing and highly readable and will, no doubt, leave its mark on research into language development for many years to come.' Monika S. Schmid, University of Essex and University of Groningen

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107612457
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Framework:
    2. The language module: architecture and representations
    3. Processing in the language module
    4. Growth of the language module: acquisition by processing
    5. Beyond the language module
    Part II. Applying the Framework:
    6. The bilingual mind introduced
    7. The growth of a second language
    8. Consciousness and attention
    9. The role of consciousness in language growth
    10. Issues in SLA revisited
    11. Conclusion

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    Michael Sharwood Smith, John Truscott

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    Michael Sharwood Smith, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
    Michael Sharwood Smith is Emeritus Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and Honorary Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University. He is also the founding editor of the journal Second Language Research.

    John Truscott, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
    John Truscott is a Professor at the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, and has extensive experience teaching English as a foreign language, along with classes in linguistics, psychology and language teaching.

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