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Multilingualism, cognition and neuroscience/Multilingüismo, Cognición y Neurociencia

Datos generales de la materia


Descripción y contextualización de la asignatura

Monolinguals vs. Bilinguals; The bilingual lexicon; The bilingual brain; Models of bilingual word processing; Models of bilingual speech production; Bilingual math representations and processing;

From bilinguals to multilinguals


NombreInstituciónCategoríaDoctor/aPerfil docenteÁreaEmail
CESPON GONZALEZ, JESUSBasque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL)
PINET XXX, SVETLANABasque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL)OtrosDoctora


CE1. Adquisición de conocimientos avanzados sobre el procesamiento bilingüe25.0 %
CE2. Conocer las principales metodologías en el estudio neurocientífico del bilingüismo.25.0 %
CE3. Aplicar los conocimientos adquiridos de forma creativa para identificar problemas y plantear diseños de investigación sobre los temas discutidos en el curso.25.0 %
CE4. Identificación de los sistemas y procesos en bilingües.25.0 %

Tipos de docencia

TipoHoras presencialesHoras no presencialesHoras totales
P. de Aula101020
P. Ordenador102535

Sistemas de evaluación

DenominaciónPonderación mínimaPonderación máxima
Asistencia a clase20.0 % 20.0 %
Pruebas escritas / orales40.0 % 40.0 %
Trabajos en equipo (resolución de problemas, diseño de proyectos)40.0 % 40.0 %


Part 1 –

1. Defining and measuring bilingualism

2. Organization of bilingual memory

3. Bilingual word recognition

4. Bilingual word production

5. Bilingual language control in comprehension and production

Part 2 –

1. Language control/switching and executive control

2. The bilingual advantage: myth or reality?

3. Cross-linguistic differences and their influence on multilingual profiles

4. Bilingual literacy and education

5. Cognitive neuroscience of second language learning


Materiales de uso obligatorio

There is no required textbook for this class. A list of required readings selected from scholarly articles and book chapters will be provided at the beginning of the course. You may, however, like to use the following book to get a more in-depth view of some of the topics presented:

Grosjean, F., & Li, P. (2012). The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism. John Wiley & Sons.

Bibliografía básica

Bialystok (2009). Bilingualism: the good, the bad and the indiferent. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (2009), 12:3-11.

Campbell, J.I., & Epp, L.J. (2004). An encoding-complex approach to numerical cognition in Chinese-English bilinguals. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58(4): 229-244.

Dijkstra, A. (2007). The multilingual lexicon. In Gaskell, G. (Ed.), Handbook of Psycholinguistics (pp. 251-265). Oxford University Press.

Duñabeitia, J.A., Perea, M., & Carreiras, M. (2010). Masked translation priming effects with highly proficient simultaneous bilinguals. Experimental Psychology, 57(2):98-107.

French, R.M., & Jacquet, M. (2004). Understanding bilingual memory: models and data. Trends in Cognitive Science, 8, 87-93.

Hernandez, A., Li, P., & MacWhinney, B. (2005). The emergence of competing modules in bilingualism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9 (5), 220-225.

Kroll, J.F., & De Groot, A.M.B. (2005). Handbook of Bilingualism: Psycholinguistic Approaches Oxford: Oxford UniversityPress.

Mechelli A, Crinion JT, Noppeney U, O¿Doherty J, Ashburner J, Frackowiak RS, Price CJ. (2004). Neurolinguistics: structural plasticity in the bilingual brain. Nature, 14, 431:757.

Price CJ, Green DW, von Studnitz R. A functional imaging study of translation and language switching. Brain 1999; 122: 2221¿35.

Bibliografía de profundización

Cenoz, J., & Valencia, J. F. (1994). Additive trilingualism: Evidence from Basque Country. Applied Psycholinguistics, 15, 195-207.

Costa, A., Miozzo, M., & Caramazza, A. (1999). Lexical selection in bilinguals: Do words in the bilingual's two lexicons compete for selection? Journal of Memory and Language, 41, 365-397.

Dijkstra, A. & Van Heuven, W.J.B. (2002). The architecture of the bilingual word recognition system: From identification to decision. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 5, 175-197.

Green, D.W. (1998). Mental control of the bilingual lexico-semantic system. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1, 67-81.


Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (Cambridge Journals Online) is an international peer-reviewed journal focusing on bilingualism from a cognitive science perspective. Areas covered include: bilingual language competence, perception and production, bilingual language acquisition in children and adults, neurolinguistics of bilingualism in normal and brain-damaged subjects, and non-linguistic cognitive processes in bilinguals.


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