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Cognitive Aspects of Bilingualism

  • Istvan Kecskes
  • Liliana Albertazzi
  • Cognitive-functional perspective on bilingualism

  • Unexplored issues such as gender systems, synergic concepts, context and task addressed

  • Focus both on the structure and functioning of the bilingual cognitive system

  • Bidirectional influence between language channels through the common underlying conceptual base


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Structure and Components of the Bilingual Cognitive System

  3. Bilingual Language Processing

About this book


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.


Mind bilingual bilingualism cognitive linguistics language lexical linguistics systematic whorfianism

Editors and affiliations

  • Istvan Kecskes
    • 1
  • Liliana Albertazzi
    • 2
  1. 1.State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Trento UniversityRoveretoItaly

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