To understand the nature of language learning, the factors that influence it, and the mechanisms that govern it, it is crucial to study the very earliest stages of language learning. This volume provides a state-of-the art overview of what we know about the cognitive and neurobiological aspects of the adult capacity for language learning.
This volume provides a state-of-the art overview of what we know about the cognitive and neurobiological aspects of the adult capacity for language learning.* Brings together studies from several fields that examine learning from multiple perspectives using various methods* Covers linguistic domains ranging from phonology and semantics to morphosyntax* Will inform and extend further studies of language learning in multiple disciplines
is Professor of Psycholinguistics andDirector of the Humanities Lab at Lund University, Sweden. WithPeter Indefrey she previously headed the research project “TheDynamics of Multilingual Processing” at the Max Planck Institutefor Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. Her research focuses on theearliest stages of adult second language acquisition and on theadvanced or bilingual stage, examining lexical semantics,cross-linguistic (bi-directional) influences, code-switching, andthe production and comprehension of gestures. She has published ina range of journals, including Language Learning, Studiesin Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism: Language andCognition, and Brain and Language.
Peter Indefrey is Professor of Psycholinguistics andNeurolinguistics at the Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf,Germany, and research fellow at the Donders Centre for CognitiveNeuroimaging in Nijmegen. With Marianne Gullberg he previouslyheaded the research project “The Dynamics of MultilingualProcessing” at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Hisresearch is on first and second language processing and theirneural correlates. Some of his favorite topics are syntactic andmorphological processing, word production, reading, and thedevelopment of language processing in L2 learners. He has publishedin a variety of journals, including Cognition, PNAS,Neuroimage, Journal of Experimental Psychology,and Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.