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The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism




The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism

John W. Schwieter (Editor), Michel Paradis (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-119-38775-6 March 2019 Wiley-Blackwell 880 Pages



The definitive guide to 21st century investigations of multilingual neuroscience

The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism provides a comprehensive survey of neurocognitive investigations of multiple-language speakers. Prominent scholar John W. Schwieter offers a unique collection of works from globally recognized researchers in neuroscience, psycholinguistics, neurobiology, psychology, neuroimaging, and others, to provide a multidisciplinary overview of relevant topics. Authoritative coverage of state-of-the-art research provides readers with fundamental knowledge of significant theories and methods, language impairments and disorders, and neural representations, functions, and processes of the multilingual brain. 

Focusing on up-to-date theoretical and experimental research, this timely handbook explores new directions of study and examines significant findings in the rapidly evolving field of multilingual neuroscience. Discussions on the bilingual advantage debate, recovery and rehabilitation patterns in multilingual aphasia, and the neurocognitive effects of multilingualism throughout the lifespan allow informed investigation of contemporary issues.

  • Presents the first handbook-length examination of the neuroscience and neurolinguistics of multilingualism
  • Demonstrates how neuroscience and multilingualism intersect several areas of research, such as neurobiology and experimental psychology
  • Includes works from prominent international scholars and researchers to provide global perspective
  • Reflects cutting-edge research and promising areas of future study in the dynamic field of multilingual neuroscience

The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism is an invaluable resource for researchers and scholars in areas including multilingualism, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and cognitive science. This versatile work is also an indispensable addition to the classroom, providing advanced undergraduate and graduate students a thorough overview of the field.

List of Figures xi

List of Tables xvi

About the Editor xviii

About the Contributors xix

Special Foreword xxxiii
Michel Paradis

Overview of the Handbook xxxviii
John W. Schwieter and Rebecca Mueller

Acknowledgements xlvi

Part I Theories and Methods 1

1 Defining and Assessing Multilingualism 3
Kees de Bot

2 Cognitive Neuroscience and Multilingualism 19
Edna Andrews

3 What Do Bilingual Models Tell Us About the Neurocognition of Multiple Languages? 48
Angela Grant, Jennifer Legault, and Ping Li

4 Psycholinguistic Methods in Multilingual Research 75
Eleonora Rossi, Kyra Krass, and Gerrit Jan Kootstra

5 Real‐Time Measures of the Multilingual Brain 100
Nicole Y. Y. Wicha, Eva María Moreno, and Haydée Carrasco-Ortíz

6 Neuroimaging Studies of Multilingual Speech 121
Angélique M. Blackburn

7 In Search of Memory Traces of a Forgotten Language 147
Ludmila Isurin

8 Brain Adaptations and Neurological Indices of Processing in Adult Second Language Acquisition: Challenges for the Critical Period Hypothesis 170
Vincent DeLuca, David Miller, Christos Pliatsikas, and Jason Rothman

Part II Neural Representations 197

9 Language Organization in the Bilingual and Multilingual Brain 199
Nicola Del Maschio and Jubin Abutalebi

10 Bilingual Word Production 214
Jana Klaus and Herbert Schriefers

11 Multilingualism and Brain Plasticity 230
Christos Pliatsikas

12 Factors Affecting Cortical Representation 252
Angélique M. Blackburn

13 The Gift of Language Learning: Individual Differences in Non‐Native Speech Perception 277
Begoña Díaz, Miguel Burgaleta, and Nuria Sebastian‐Galles

14 Lexical Organization and Reorganization in the Multilingual Mind 297
Gary Libben and John W. Schwieter

15 Emotion and Emotion Concepts: Processing and Use in Monolingual and Bilingual Speakers 313
Stephanie A. Kazanas, Jared S. McLean, and Jeanette Altarriba

16 Representing, Detecting, and Translating Humour in the Brain 335
Jennifer Hofmann and Frank A. Rodden

Part III Functions and Processes 355

17 Multilingualism and Metacognitive Processing 357
Peter Bright, Julia Ouzia, and Roberto Filippi

18 Factors Affecting Multilingual Processing 372
Edalat Shekari and John W. Schwieter

19 Learning and Memory in the Bilingual Mind and Brain 389
Allison M. Wilck, Jeanette Altarriba, Roberto R. Heredia, and John W. Schwieter

20 Brain‐based Challenges of Second Language Learning in Older Adulthood 408
Zahra Hejazi, Jungna Kim, Teresa Signorelli Pisano, Yasmine Ouchikh, Aviva Lerman, and Loraine K. Obler

21 Language Control and Attention during Conversation: An Exploration 427
David W. Green

22 Cross‐Talk Between Language and Executive Control 447
Marco Calabria, Cristina Baus, and Albert Costa

23 What Language Experience Tells us about Cognition: Variable Input and Interactional Contexts Affect Bilingual Sentence Processing 467
Paola E. Dussias, Jorge R. Valdés Kroff, Anne L. Beatty‐Martínez, and Michael A. Johns

24 Translation, Interpreting, and the Bilingual Brain: Implications for Executive Control and Neuroplasticity 485
Bruce J. Diamond and Gregory M. Shreve

25 Event‐Related Potentials in Monolingual and Bilingual Non‐literal Language Processing 508
Anna Siyanova‐Chanturia, Paolo Canal, and Roberto R. Heredia

Part IV Impairments and Disorders 531

26 Aphasia in the Multilingual Population 533
Elisa Cargnelutti, Barbara Tomasino, and Franco Fabbro

27 Recovery and Rehabilitation Patterns in Bilingual and Multilingual Aphasia 553
Claudia Peñaloza and Swathi Kiran

28 Primary Progressive Aphasia in Bilinguals and Multilinguals 572
Taryn Malcolm, Aviva Lerman, Marta Korytkowska, Jet M. J. Vonk, and Loraine K. Obler

29 Acquired Reading Disorders in Bilingualism 592
Mira Goral

30 Dementia and Multilingualism 608
Mariana Vega‐Mendoza, Suvarna Alladi, and Thomas H. Bak

31 Schizophrenia and Bilingualism 625
Daria Smirnova, Sveta Fichman, and Joel Walters

Part V Cognitive and Neurocognitive Consequences 655

32 Neurocognitive Effects of Multilingualism Throughout the Lifespan: A Developmental Perspective 657
Hannah L. Claussenius‐Kalman and Arturo E. Hernandez

33 The Intense Bilingual Experience of Interpreting and its Neurocognitive Consequences 685
Yanping Dong and Fei Zhong

34 The Bilingual Advantage Debate: Quantity and Quality of the Evidence 701
Kenneth Paap

35 The Bilingual Advantage Debate: Publication Biases and the Decline Effect 736
Angela de Bruin and Sergio Della Sala

36 Speech‐Sign Bilingualism: A Unique Window into the Multilingual Brain 754
Robin L. Thompson and Eva Gutierrez‐Sigut

Index 784

“This is a delightful book. It is essential reading for everyone wanting to do research on the topic, but it will also be of great interest to everyone else interested in what distinguishes a multilingual brain from a brain that knows only one language.”  
Marc Brysbaert
, Ghent University, Belgium

“This Handbook provides an astonishingly detailed and extensive survey of research into the nature of the multilingual brain, drawing on neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, and many other fields. It serves as an encyclopaedic work of reference and a place in which a vast number of expert researchers provide extensive theoretical insights into almost every topic within this important and exciting area.” 
Martin Pickering
, University of Edinburgh, UK

“In this considerable achievement, Prof. Schwieter has assembled a landmark handbook which covers a wide range of scientific inquiry on the multilingual brain. The handbook is a one-of-a-kind resource in which he and dozens of contributors have created an absolute must-read for everyone interested in multilingualism.” 
Cathy Price
, University College London, UK

“Dr. Schwieter has put together a wonderfully comprehensive handbook on multilingualism in the mind and brain. He has assembled leading lights from the many fields that contribute to this enterprise, and the Handbook comprehensively covers a wide range of key theoretical and empirical topics. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in bilingualism or multilingualism, as well as more generally to students of language and neuroscience.” 
Michael Ullman
, Georgetown University, USA

“This comprehensive collection synthesizes the growing body of knowledge on the intersection between multilingualism and cognitive neuroscience. The book provides excellent guidance on what is known–and what remains to be learned–about how interdisciplinary studies of brain and cognitive function inform our understanding of multilingualism. It is a valuable resource for both experienced researchers and students.” 
Janet van Hell, Pennsylvania State University, USA