Cross-linguistic priming in bilinguals: Perspectives and constraints

Cross-linguistic priming refers to the influence of recent language processing in one language to language processing in another language. It has been studied using both experimental and corpus-based techniques, and has led to important insights in, for example, cross-language activation and shared mental representations in bilinguals, discourse alignment processes in bilingual dialogue, and cognitive processes of second language acquisition. Recently, cross-linguistic priming is also explored as a potential mechanism of contact-induced language change.

The present conference is aimed at bringing together these different perspectives on the processes and consequences of cross-linguistic priming in bilingual speakers.

Invited speakers:

The conference program can be viewed here.

The conference is free of charge. In case you want to attend the conference and you are not a presenter, please send an email to Gerrit Jan Kootstra (

The conference is organized as part of the ERC-advanced project ‘Traces of Contact’, which is aimed at investigating language contact phenomena in multiple dimensions of time and space, with a multidisciplinary focus (from historical linguistics to psycholinguistics). The topic of cross-linguistic priming is specifically investigated in a sub-project of the Traces of Contact project, namely the multilingual processing project.