Edited by Katherine Messenger
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research 31] 2022
► pp. 107–128
Structural priming has been heralded as an important methodological tool for investigating language processing in young children. Despite the limited number of structural priming studies with bilingual children, the findings from these studies have already provided important insights that inform our understanding of language acquisition and bilingual language representation. Thus, this chapter provides an overview of the literature on structural priming in bilingual children as well as identifies critical gaps in our knowledge base that suggest future directions for research. The chapter begins with a discussion on cross-linguistic priming with adults, a body of literature that has raised important developmental questions about the nature of syntactic representations in children. This chapter also suggests modifications to a prominent model of bilingual language production to accommodate a broader range of bilingual speakers.