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Affect-language Interactions in Native and Non-native English Speakers : A Neuropragmatic Perspective
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This volume provides an up-to-date and evaluative review of theoretical and empirical stances on affect and emotion and their close interaction with language in monolingual and bilingual individuals. Importantly, it presents a novel methodological approach to the investigation of affective language that takes into account the contextual information and hence goes beyond the reductionist approach to affective language that dominated contemporary research on affect-language interactions in monolingual and bilingual individuals.
Owing to this methodological approach, the book presents brand new findings in the field of bilingualism and affect and offers the first neurocognitive interpretation of findings reported in clinical and introspective studies in bilingualism. This not only represents an invaluable contribution to the literature, but may also constitute a breakthrough in the investigation of the worldwide phenomenon of bilingualism.
Although the issue of affect processing in bilingualism has been covered in the literature, it mainly dealt with introspective measures of investigation. The current volume fills in this gap by bringing to the fore the cognitive and neurophysiological correlates of affect processing in the first and second language. In so doing, it aims at a comprehensive understanding of affect-language interactions for native and non-native English-speakers. Finally, it provides a novel methodological approach that paves the way for future studies on affective language processing with monolingual and bilingual populations and that is suitable for behavioural, cognitive, affective, and neurophysiological paradigms.