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date: 11 November 2019

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Bilinguals live, by definition, in two linguistic worlds. Given the different demands of each language, one might think that each system functions independently. However, several studies have found that bilinguals’ two languages are interdependent to a great extent. Data is presented that confirms the interdependence between the two languages in bilinguals. Studies are reviewed that reveal how, in both the semantic and syntactic domains, bilinguals almost always use a unitary mechanism that accesses two separately represented grammars. Finally, the data reveal intricate patterns of grammatical processing that confirms Grosjean’s view that a “bilingual is not two monolinguals in one head.” Implications of the findings in the literature regarding this view are discussed.

Keywords: syntax, semantics, interdependence, sentence processing, lexical representation

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