New paper on cross-linguistic influence during online processing in bilingual children

In one of the few papers investigating online processing in bilingual children, Chantal Van Dijk, Ton Dijkstra and I found evidence for syntactic co-activation of overlapping structures in the form of inhibition during listening. More specifically, we found that bilingual German-Dutch children were more likely to slow down when processing structures in Dutch which overlapped with German (long passives with a PP-V word order) relative to monolingual children and bilingual English-Dutch children. This effect was modulated by language dominance. Read all about it here. This paper is published in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition and is open access. It is part of Chantal’s PhD dissertation, which she defended last year, and which is available for free here.