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Title: Editorial: Developmental, Modal, and Pathological Variation-Linguistic and Cognitive Profiles for Speakers of Linguistically Proximal Languages and Varieties
Authors: Grohmann, Kleanthes K. 
Kambanaros, Maria 
Leivada, Evelina 
Keywords: (A)typical development;Cognitive advantage;Multilectalism;Proximity;Varieties
Category: Basic Medicine
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 24-Sep-2018
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Source: Frontiers in Psychology, 2018, vol. 9, no. SEP
Journal: Frontiers in psychology 
Abstract: Editorial on the Research Topic Developmental, Modal, and Pathological Variation—Linguistic and Cognitive Profiles for Speakers of Linguistically Proximal Languages and Varieties One significant area of research in the multifaceted field of bilingualism over the past two decades, spanning among many others from Green (1998) to Chung-Fat-Yim et al. (2016), has been the demonstration, validation, and account of the so-called “bilingual advantage.” This refers to the hypothesis that bilingual speakers have advanced abilities in executive functions (EF) and other domains of human cognition. Such cognitive benefits of bilingualism have an impact on the processing mechanisms active during language acquisition in a way that results in language variation. Within bilingual populations, the notion of language proximity (or linguistic distance) is also of key importance for deriving variation. In addition, sociolinguistic factors can invest the process of language development and its outcome with an additional layer of complexity, such as schooling, language, dominance, competing motivations, or the emergence of mesolectal varieties, which blur the boundaries of grammatical variants. This is particular relevant for diglossic speech communities-bilectal, bidialectal, or bivarietal speakers.
Description: Partial support for this research topic comes from the research project A Cross-Linguistic Investigation of Acceptability Judgment Variation awarded to KG, which is funded through the University of Cyprus by the A.G. Leventis Foundation. EL acknowledges funding support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 746652.
ISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01804
Collaboration : University of Cyprus
Cyprus Acquisition Team
Cyprus University of Technology
UiT–The Arctic University of Norway
Rights: © Grohmann, Kambanaros and Leivada. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Type: Article
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