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Non-Native Language Processing and Production: Evidence for an Integrated Grammar

Project description

Psycholinguistic Mechanisms of Multilingual Processing for Comprehension and Production

In Europe, families where parents speak different native languages and live in non-native countries has become the new norm. Their children inherit their parents' languages, speak the language of their country and most likely learn English at school. In this context, people change from one language to another (code-switch) when talking to other multilinguals and the change can occur within a sentence of even within a word. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions project NNLPP studies this type of communication and checks whether the same psycholinguistic mechanisms underlie multilingual language comprehension and production. It will investigate code-switching by adult non-balanced multilinguals, of some 300 participants, speaking languages that belong to different linguistic families (Norwegian, Russian, Armenian and English).


The project responds to a vital need in the modern European society to put scientific research behind language-related policies and decisions that define the statuses of different languages in the European community. It makes a scientific step towards a better understanding of multilingualism and language acquisition. NNLPP is an integrated study of processing and production which compares the strategies multilingual speakers use across their languages. The project will investigate adult non-balanced multilinguals of 250-300 participants speaking languages that belong to different linguistic families: Norwegian, Russian, Armenian and English. I will carry out a series of studies that will measure processing time and eye movements, and will record speech patterns. NNLPP will provide a well-rounded description of psycholinguistic mechanisms of language processing and production used by a multilingual mind in sentences with code-switching.


Net EU contribution
€ 226 751,04
7491 Trondheim

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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