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Unique cognitive-functional perspective on bilingualism
Explores issues such as gender systems, synergic concepts, context and task that are rarely discussed in the literature
Double-edged approach focuses both on the structure and functioning of the bilingual cognitive system
A unique feature of this book is that chapters favor that line of cognitive linguistics which makes a clear distinction between real world and projected world. Information conveyed by language must be about the projected world. Both the experimental results and the systematic claims in this volume call for a weak form of whorfianism. Also, chapters add some relatively unexplored issues of bilingualism to the well-known ones, such as gender systems in the bilingual mind, context and task, synergic concepts, blending, the relationship between lexical categorization and ontological categorization among others.
Structure and Components of the Bilingual Cognitive System.- The Neurofunctional Components of the Bilingual Cognitive System.- Synergic Concepts in the Bilingual Mind.- Matrix: Schematic Universals. How Many Minds Does a Bilingual Have?.- Grammatical Gender in the Bilingual Lexicon: A Psycholinguistic Approach.- Bilingualism and Cognitive Arithmetic.- The Role of Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Cultural Experiences in Bilinguals' Divergent Thinking.- Bilingual Language Processing.- Task and Context Effects in Bilingual Lexical Processing.- Representation and Skill in Second Language Learners and Proficient Bilinguals.- Second Language Gender System Affects First Language Gender Classification.- Beyond Language: Childhood Bilingualism Enhances High-Level Cognitive Functions.- Cross-Linguistic and Cognitive Structures in the Acquisition of WH-Questions in an Indonesian-Italian Bilingual Child.