Bilingual Consciousness and its Peculiarities

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To describe bilingualism, the author employs the approach developed within the Moscow Psycholinguistic School, i.e. the researcher investigates the language consciousness contents (picture of the world) of a bilingual in the first and second languages, with the free associative experiment acting as a tool to access the picture. The associative field of each word-stimulus is regarded a semantic gestalt, where one can define semantic zones, filled differently due to the language the bilingual uses during the experiment. The investigator assumes the picture of the world of any native language speaker or culture bearer is systematized, the systematicity differs from culture to culture, as well as the knowledge systems associated with the equivalent words.


About the authors

Natalya V. Ufimtseva

Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences

Author for correspondence.
Email: NVU@iling.msk.su
B. Kislovskij per. 1, St. 1, Moscow, 125009, Russian Federation

Doctor of Philology, Professor, Head of the Ethnopsycholinguistics Sector, Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences

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