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Multilingual Lexical Recognition in the Mental Lexicon of Third Language Users


  • Provides profound insights into the analysis of the multilingual lexicon for a language combination Describes concrete examples of the special status of bi- and trilingual cognates Deals with multilingual didactics


Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Weronika Szubko-Sitarek
    Pages 1-31
  3. Weronika Szubko-Sitarek
    Pages 33-66
  4. Weronika Szubko-Sitarek
    Pages 67-99
  5. Weronika Szubko-Sitarek
    Pages 101-127
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 169-211

About this book


The monograph constitutes an attempt to demonstrate that trilinguals should be considered as learners and speakers in their own right as opposed to L2 learners with a view to enumerating consequences this would bring to third or additional language teaching. Its theoretical part offers an insight into the structure of the multilingual mental lexicon which is a product of the interplay of a whole array of cross-linguistic factors in the minds of multilingual speakers. The empirical part reports the findings of an empirical study which aimed to investigate connections which are formed between multiple languages in a multilingual mind. All the aspects, analyzed in the experiments are part of a broader question of how multilinguals make their lexical decisions and, more specifically, how they recognize words from different languages. The book closes with the discussion of the role of the obtained results for multilingual didactics as well as some possible areas for future research.


Cognate Facilitation Effect Mental Lexicon Multilingualism Nonselective Lexical Access Trilingualism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English Language and Applied LinguisticsInstitute of English University of Lodz PolandŁódźPoland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Multilingual Lexical Recognition in the Mental Lexicon of Third Language Users
  • Authors Weronika Szubko-Sitarek
  • Series Title Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • Series Abbreviated Title Second Language Learning,Teaching
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-32193-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-52260-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-32194-8
  • Series ISSN 2193-7648
  • Series E-ISSN 2193-7656
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 211
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psycholinguistics
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