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You are here: Home / News & Events / CLS Speaker Series / Fall 2020 / Jorge Valdes Kroff (University of Florida) - The code-switcher’s flex: Integrating code-switches in real-time processing

Jorge Valdes Kroff (University of Florida) - The code-switcher’s flex: Integrating code-switches in real-time processing

When Dec 04, 2020
from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Where ZOOM Virtual Room (Link will be provided)
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The code-switcher’s flex: Integrating code-switches in real-time processing

A cornerstone of sentence processing is that we deploy incremental and predictive processing during online comprehension. Code-switching, however, potentially presents unique challenges to the comprehension system. While parsing current linguistic input, bilinguals must be ready to integrate code-switches into the other language, which minimally includes switches in language membership, phonology, and morphosyntax. Additionally, lab-based studies robustly find processing costs associated with the comprehension of code-switching, despite its ubiquity among certain bilingual communities. To reconcile this apparent paradox, I will present the Adaptive Predictability Hypothesis, comprised of two components: 1. bilinguals globally adapt how they predict and 2. bilinguals locally increase cognitive control to integrate an immediate code-switch. I will illustrate the hypothesis across two studies and discuss future directions.