Advanced search
1 file | 212.66 KB

Working memory and (second) language processing

Arnaud Szmalec (UGent) , Marc Brysbaert (UGent) and Wouter Duyck (UGent)
Author
Organization
Abstract
This chapter discusses the interactions between two of the most important human cognitive functions: memory and language. First, the concept of working memory is introduced, along with a brief summary of the evolutions that working memory theory has undergone in the last decades. The second part of the chapter focuses on the role of (verbal) working memory in language acquisition and processing. It is argued that working memory, and especially the ability to temporarily represent serial-order information, is crucially involved in both native and foreign word learning, and perhaps also in sentence and text comprehension. The third and final part of the chapter explores the other direction of the interaction, by questioning whether language processing can influence working memory functioning. This question is addressed with recent behavioral and neurological evidence for a general executive control advantage in bilinguals, which makes a strong case for the trainability of some aspects of working memory.
Keywords
bilingualism, executive control, language processing, working memory, language acquisition

Downloads

  • Szmalec et al Working Memory and Second Language Processing.pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • open access
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 212.66 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

Chicago
Szmalec, Arnaud, Marc Brysbaert, and Wouter Duyck. 2012. “Working Memory and (second) Language Processing.” In Memory, Language, and Bilingualism : Theoretical and Applied Approaches, ed. Jeanette Altarriba and Ludmila Isurin, 74–94. Cambridge University Press.
APA
Szmalec, A., Brysbaert, M., & Duyck, W. (2012). Working memory and (second) language processing. In J. Altarriba & L. Isurin (Eds.), Memory, language, and bilingualism : theoretical and applied approaches (pp. 74–94). Cambridge University Press.
Vancouver
1.
Szmalec A, Brysbaert M, Duyck W. Working memory and (second) language processing. In: Altarriba J, Isurin L, editors. Memory, language, and bilingualism : theoretical and applied approaches. Cambridge University Press; 2012. p. 74–94.
MLA
Szmalec, Arnaud, Marc Brysbaert, and Wouter Duyck. “Working Memory and (second) Language Processing.” Memory, Language, and Bilingualism : Theoretical and Applied Approaches. Ed. Jeanette Altarriba & Ludmila Isurin. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 74–94. Print.
@incollection{3102518,
  abstract     = {This chapter discusses the interactions between two of the most important human cognitive functions: memory and language. First, the concept of working memory is introduced, along with a brief summary of the evolutions that working memory theory has undergone in the last decades. The second part of the chapter focuses on the role of (verbal) working memory in language acquisition and processing. It is argued that working memory, and especially the ability to temporarily represent serial-order information, is crucially involved in both native and foreign word learning, and perhaps also in sentence and text comprehension. The third and final part of the chapter explores the other direction of the interaction, by questioning whether language processing can influence working memory functioning. This question is addressed with recent behavioral and neurological evidence for a general executive control advantage in bilinguals, which makes a strong case for the trainability of some aspects of working memory.},
  author       = {Szmalec, Arnaud and Brysbaert, Marc and Duyck, Wouter},
  booktitle    = {Memory, language, and bilingualism : theoretical and applied approaches},
  editor       = {Altarriba, Jeanette  and Isurin, Ludmila },
  isbn         = {9781107008908},
  keywords     = {bilingualism,executive control,language processing,working memory,language acquisition},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {74--94},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  title        = {Working memory and (second) language processing},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cbo9781139035279.004},
  year         = {2012},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric