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From bilingualism to bilingualisms: Bilingual experience in Edinburgh and Singapore affects Attentional Control Differently

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-879
JournalBilingualism: Language and Cognition
Volume21
Issue numberSpecial Issue 4
Early online date13 Mar 2018
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Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

Abstract

Recent theories propose that language-switching in bilinguals influences executive control. We investigated whether switching behaviour, shaped by the bilingual’s interactional context as well as personal preferences impacted attentional control. We compared four groups – (i) Edinburgh monolinguals, (ii) Edinburgh non-switching late bilinguals, (iii) Edinburgh non-switching early bilinguals, and (iv) Singapore switching early bilinguals – on two tasks of attentional control. Effects of interactional context were observed, with Singapore bilinguals performing better on conflict resolution in the Attention Network Task and Edinburgh late bilinguals on attentional switching in the Elevator reversal (Test of Everyday Attention) subtest. Our results suggest that the interactional context of bilinguals could impact attentional control differently.

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  • bilingualism , attentional control, interactional context, switching

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