Bilingual and monolingual adults learning an additional language: ERPs reveal differences in syntactic processing

  title={Bilingual and monolingual adults learning an additional language: ERPs reveal differences in syntactic processing},
  author={Sarah Grey and Cristina Sanz and Kara Morgan‐Short and Michael T. Ullman},
  journal={Bilingualism: Language and Cognition},
It has been suggested that bilinguals learn additional languages ‘better’ than monolinguals. However, evidence is sparse, particularly for grammar. We examined behavioral and neural correlates of learning an additional (artificial) language in early Mandarin–English bilinguals, compared to English monolinguals. Following grammar instruction, participants practiced comprehension and production, and judged grammaticality at low and high proficiency while event-related potentials (ERPs) were… Expand
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What can artificial languages reveal about morphosyntactic processing in bilinguals?
  • Sarah Grey
  • Psychology
  • Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
  • 2019
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