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The Bilingual Mental Lexicon Interdisciplinary Approaches Edited by: Aneta Pavlenko

Paperback - 272 pages
22 Jan 2009
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148 (A5)


How are words organized in the bilingual mind? How are they linked to concepts? How do bi- and multilinguals process words in their multiple languages? The first aim of this volume is to offer up-to-date answers to these questions. Its second aim is to provide readers with detailed step-by-step introductions to a variety of methodological approaches used to investigate the bilingual lexicon, from traditional neurocognitive and psycholinguistic approaches to the more recent ones that examine language use in context.


Conceptions of language representation are changing. Words are not static entries in a mental dictionary. Instead they are part of human communication, ever contextualised in people and their lives, languages, meanings, interactions, and selves. In bringing together lead researchers in the various relevant disciplines, Aneta Pavlenko produces a compelling account of this important new perspective as it applies to bilingualism. Despite its interdisciplinarity, this is rigorous research, with each approach following its own characteristic steps. It is exciting too, as together these chapters reveal the intricate rhythms of the bilingual lexicon. The approach, and Pavlenko’s enthusiasm, are catching. This is a vibrant and readable volume – pick it up, and join the dance.

Nick Ellis, University of Michigan

Author Biography:

Dr. Aneta Pavlenko is an Associate Professor at the College of Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, US. She has lectured widely in Europe, North America, and Japan and has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters on psycholinguistics of bilingualism and second language acquisition. She is the author of Emotions and Multilingualism (Cambridge University Press, 2005, winner of the BAAL Prize), co-author of Crosslinguistic Influence in Language and Cognition (with Scott Jarvis, Routledge, 2008) and editor or co-editor of several volumes, including Bilingual Minds: Emotional Experience, Expression, and Representation (Multilingual Matters, 2006).

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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