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The Bilingualism and Language Development (BiLD) Lab studies the cognitive and neurocognitive processes related to language development, second language learning, and bilinguals’ use of two languages. We combine behavioral, neuropsychological (ERPs), and linguistic techniques to study patterns of cross-language interaction and transfer in second language learners at different levels of proficiency, as well as neural and cognitive mechanisms involved in code-switching. We also study sign-speech bilinguals who use spatial and oral languages from two different modalities. A second research theme in the BiLD Lab focuses on language development in school-aged children with typical or atypical development, including children with dyslexia or with specific language impairment, and children who are deaf.

Selected Publications

Van Hell, J.G, Litcofsky*, K. A., Ting*, C. Y. (in press; 2015). Sentential code-switching: cognitive and neural approaches. In Schwieter, John W. (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingual Processing. PDF

Bultena*, S., Dijkstra, T., & Van Hell, J. G. (in press). Switch cost modulations in bilingual sentence processing: Evidence from shadowing. Language, Cognition, and NeuroScience. PDF

Poarch*, G. J., Van Hell, J. G., & Kroll, J. F. (in press). Accessing word meaning in beginning second language learners: Lexical or conceptual mediation? Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Klip*, H. J., Cillessen, A. H. N., & Van Hell, J. G. (in press). Predictors of social understanding in high ability children. Gifted Child Quarterly.

van Hell, J. G., & Poarch*, G. J. (in press). How much bilingual experience is needed to affect executive control? Commentary,Applied Psycholinguistics.

Van Hell, J. G., & Tanner, D. (in press). Second language proficiency and cross-language lexical activation. Language Learning.

Kootstra, G. J., Van Hell, J. G., & Dijkstra, T. (in press). Code-switching in sentences: The role of lexical repetition, cognates, and language proficiency. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. PDF

Van Hell, J. G., & Kroll, J. F. (in press). Using electrophysiological measures to track the mapping of words to concepts in the bilingual brain: a focus on translation. In J. Altarriba & L. Isurin (Eds.), Memory, Language, and Bilingualism: Theoretical and Applied Approaches. New York: Cambridge University Press. PDF

Takashima*, A., Bakker*, I., Van Hell, J. G., Janzen, G., & McQueen, J. (in press). Richness of information about novel words determines how episodic and semantic memory networks interact during lexicalization. NeuroImage.

Bultena*, S., Dijkstra, T., & Van Hell, J. G. (2014). Cognate effects in sentence context depend on word class, L2 proficiency, and task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67 (6), 1214-1241.

Starreveld, P. A., De Groot, A. M. B., Rossmark*, B. M. M., & Van Hell, J. G. (2014). Parallel language activation during word processing in bilinguals: Evidence from word production in sentence context.Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17, 258-276. PDF

Bultena*, S., Dijkstra, T., & Van Hell, J. G. (in press). Cognate and word class ambiguity effects in noun and verb processing. Language and Cognitive Processes. PDF

Van Hell, J. G., & Kroll, J. F. (2013). Using electrophysiological measures to track the mapping of words to concepts in the bilingual brain: a focus on translation. In J. Altarriba & L. Isurin (Eds.), Memory, Language, and Bilingualism: Theoretical and Applied Approaches. (pp. 126-160). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Poarch, G. J. & Van Hell, J. G. (2012). Cross-language activation in children’s speech production: Evidence from second language learners, bilinguals, and trilinguals. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111 (3), 419-438. PDF

Van Beijsterveldt, L. M., & Van Hell, J. G. (2012). The development of deaf writers’ tense marking in narrative and expository text: a bimodal bilingual perspective. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 15, 128-144. PDF

Hermans, D., Ormel, E., Van den Besselaar*, R., & Van Hell, J. G. (2011). Lexical activation in bilinguals’ speech production is dynamic: How language ambiguous words can affect cross-language activation. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26 (10), 1687-1709. PDF

Brenders, P., Van Hell, J. G., & Dijkstra, T. (2011). Word recognition in child second language learners: Evidence from cognates and false friends. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 109, 383-396. PDF

Kootstra, G. J., Van Hell, J. G., & Dijkstra, T. (2010). Alignment in the production of code-switched sentences: The role of word order and dialogue partner. Journal of Memory and Language, 63, 210-236. PDF

Van Hell, J. G., & Tokowicz, N. (2010). Event-related brain potentials and second language learning: Syntactic processing in late L2 learners at different L2 proficiency levels. Second Language Research, 26 (1), 43-74. PDF

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