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Prediction in bilingual children: The missing piece of the puzzle


Huettig,  Falk
Psychology of Language Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Karaca, F., Brouwer, S., Unsworth, S., & Huettig, F. (in press). Prediction in bilingual children: The missing piece of the puzzle. In E. Kaan, & T. Grüter (Eds.), Prediction in Second Language Processing and Learning. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-DF4C-A
A wealth of studies has shown that more proficient monolingual speakers are better at predicting upcoming information during language comprehension. Similarly, prediction skills of adult second language (L2) speakers in their L2 have also been argued to be modulated by their L2 proficiency. How exactly language proficiency and prediction are linked, however, is yet to be systematically investigated. One group of language users which has the potential to provide invaluable insights into this link is bilingual children. In this paper, we compare bilingual children’s prediction skills with those of monolingual children and adult L2 speakers, and show how investigating bilingual children’s prediction skills may contribute to our understanding of how predictive processing works.