Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
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Theme 1: Language and Communication

Cognitive and Developmental Aspects of Multilingualism

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

The PI-group investigates how languages act and interact in the brain of monolinguals and multilinguals at lexical, morphosyntactic, and semantic levels.

By studying the acquisition, processing, control, and attrition of languages during the life-span, (psycho)linguistic mechanisms underlying monolingual and multilingual language use are clarified. Behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging methods are applied to inform (non-)computational models of language use (such as BIA+ and MULTILINK), and to relate multilingual theories to monolingual theories.

Special attention is paid to societally-relevant topics, such as foreign language learning, (word) translation, and the relation between embodiedness and emotion to language use by monolinguals and multilinguals.

Contact
Name: Ton Dijkstra
Telephone: 024-3615639
Email: t.dijkstra@donders.ru.nl
Fax: 024-3616066
Visiting address: Donders Centre for Cognition
Montessorilaan 3
6525 HR Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Donders Centre for Cognition
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key publications
  • Lam, K. J. Y., Bastiaansen, M. C. M., Dijkstra, T., &
    Rueschemeyer, S-A. (2016). Making sense: Motor activation
    and action plausibility during sentence processing.
    Language, Cognition, & Neuroscience. doi:10.1080/23273798.2016.1164323.
  • Sianipar, A., Middelburg, R., & Dijkstra, T. (2015). When
    feelings arise with meanings: How emotion and meaning
    of a native language affect second language processing
    in adult learners. PLoS ONE, 10(12): e0144576. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0144576.
  • Bultena, S., Dijkstra, T., & Van Hell, J.G. (2015). Language
    switch costs in sentence comprehension depend on language
    dominance: Evidence from self-paced reading. Bilingualism:
    Language and Cognition, 18,
    453-469.
    DOI:10.1017/S1366728914000145.
  • Dijkstra, T., Van Hell, J. G., & Brenders, P. (2015).
    Sentence context effects in bilingual word recognition:
    cognate processing, sentence language, and semantic constraint. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18, 597-613.
  • Bruin, A.M.T. de, Roelofs, A.P.A., Dijkstra, T., &
    FitzPatrick, I. (2014). Domain-general inhibition areas
    of the brain are involved in language switching: fMRI
    evidence from trilingual speakers. NeuroImage, 90, 348–359.

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Theme 1:
Language and Communication

Donders
Research Group
Cognitive and Developmental Aspects of Multilingualism


Principal Investigator
Prof. dr. Ton Dijkstra
Prof. dr. Rob Schoonen
Dr. Sharon Unsworth (CLS)

Senior Researchers
dr. Sybrine Bultena
dr. Stefan Frank
dr. Ferdy Hubers
Jeske Klatter
dr. Eva Knopp

dr. Gerrit Jan Kootstra 

Group members

PhD's
Lukas Ansteeg
Peta Baxter
Jan Willem Chevalking
Chantal van Dijk
Figen Karaca
Elly Koutamanis
Saskia Mooijman
Tineke Prins
Josh Ring
Xiaoru Yu