Thesis / Dissertation

The Relationship Between Executive Function and Bilingual Language Control

Gabriel Hans Ong, Meredith McKague (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

Many contemporary proposals of bilingualism conjecture that domain-general Executive Functions (EFs) are fundamental to language control. These proposals revolve around two main observations: the first is that bilinguals have been shown to demonstrate superior performance on tasks used to measure non-linguistic EFs, and the second is that language switching superficially appears to relate to switching between tasks (a process which has been associated with EFs) in that they both induce a Response Time (RT) cost. Critically, direct evidence for the involvement of EFs in both non-linguistic and linguistic bilingual processing have not been demonstrated, but merely speculated. In this thesis, I..

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