[Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 1:1] 2011
► pp. 1–33
Pinning down the concept of “interface” in bilingualism
The Interface Hypothesis (IH) was put forward by Sorace and colleagues as an attempt to account for patterns of non-convergence and residual optionality found at very advanced stages of adult second (L2)acquisition. The IH originally proposed that language structures involving an interface between syntax and other cognitive domains are less likely to be acquired completely than structures that do not involve this interface. At the same time, the IH was extended to bilingual first language (L1) acquisition and to the very early stages of L1 attrition, which exhibit optionality in precisely the same structures: this provides a unifying framework for the study of bilingual language development. This paper selectively reviews the research on the IH, addressing some common misinter-pretations and outlining the most recent interdisciplinary developments.
- 3.What’s an interface?
- 3.1Not all interfaces are created equal
- 3.2What is “narrow syntax” (or is there such a thing)?
- 4.What causes the optionality at interfaces in bilingual speakers?
- 4.1Underspecification of interpretable features
- 4.2Processing costs of interface structures
- 4.3Bilingual processing
- 4.5Executive control in bilinguals
- 4.5.1Resource allocation
- 4.5.2Inhibition of the language not in use
- 5.Criticisms of the IH
- 6.Conclusions (on a positive note)
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