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Language and affective processing implemented within a crossdisciplinary conceptual framework

Michael Sharwood Smith


The way in which affective processing influences the use and development of language in both monolinguals and multilinguals requires a theoretical apparatus that draws on and integrates research in different areas of cognitive science. The Modular Online Growth and Use of Language aims to provide researchers with just such a service. In the contribution that follows, a number of examples will be provided to demonstrate how this conceptual framework can be implemented in order to bring some clarity to our understanding of affective processing. These examples, which cover much more than affect as consciously experienced emotion, include a range of apparently heterogenous phenomena namely (a) how affect influences code selection either within a language, such as when choosing between a formal and informal style or, in the case of bi/multilingualism, choosing between languages, (b) how affective processing subtly influences semantic judgements, (c) how heritage language use can be explained and finally d) the role of affect in language acquisition and attrition.


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Published Online: 2017-5-13
Published in Print: 2017-5-24

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