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Cognitive restructuring in the multilingual mind: Language-specific effects on processing efficiency of caused motion events in Cantonese-English-Japanese speakers

Wang, Y; Wei, L; (2021) Cognitive restructuring in the multilingual mind: Language-specific effects on processing efficiency of caused motion events in Cantonese-English-Japanese speakers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 10.1017/S1366728921000018. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The current study explores how multilingual speakers with three typologically different languages (satellite-framed, verb-framed and equipollent-framed) encode and gauge event similarity in the domain of caused motion. Specifically, it addresses whether, and to what extent, the acquisition of an L2-English and an L3-Japanese reconstructs the lexicalization and conceptualization patterns established in the L1-Cantonese when the target language is actively involved in the decision-making process. Results show that multilingual speakers demonstrated an ongoing process of cognitive restructuring towards the target language (L3) in both linguistic encoding (event structures and semantic representations) and non-linguistic conceptualization (reaction time). And the degree of the restructuring is modulated by the amount of language contact with the L2 and L3. The study suggests that learning a language means internalizing a new way of thinking and provides positive evidence for L3-biased cognitive restructuring within the framework of thinking-for-speaking.

Type: Article
Title: Cognitive restructuring in the multilingual mind: Language-specific effects on processing efficiency of caused motion events in Cantonese-English-Japanese speakers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1366728921000018
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728921000018
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Thinking-for-speaking, caused motion, Cantonese–English–Japanese multilinguals. cognitive restructuring, language contact
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10125953
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