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Duties at the Centre

Research; layout of doctoral dissertations and research reports.



With motion in mind: The role of language in motion event cognition (2016–2018). About the project in Swedish: Med rörelse i sinnet: Språkets betydelse vid kognition av rörelseskeenden

Temporal language and thought (Bylund & Athanasopoulos; Swedish Research Council 2011–2013)

Ultimate Attainment in Bilingual and Monolingual Second Language Speakers (Abrahamsson, Bylund & Hyltenstam, within the programme “Advanced Second Language Use”, Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Fund 2011–2013)

First language attrition in advanced second language speakers (Abrahamsson, Hyltenstam, Bylund, Stölten; The Swedish Research Council 2005–2007)



Publications in database DiVA (opens in new window)


Articles (peer-reviewed):

- Norrman, G. & Bylund, E. (in press). The irreversibility of sensitive period effects in language development: Evidence from second language acquisition in international adoptees. Developmental Science.

- Athanasopoulos, P., Bylund, E., Montero-Melis, G., Damjanovic, L., Schartner, A., Kibbe, A., Riches, N. & Thierry, G. (in press). Two languages, two minds: Flexible cognitive processing driven by language of operation. Psychological Science.

- Bylund, E. & Ramírez, P. (in press). Language aptitude in first language attrition: A study on late Spanish–Swedish bilinguals. Applied Linguistics.

- Bylund, E. & Athanasopoulos, P. (in press a). Motion event categorisation in a nativised variety of South African English. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

- Athanasopoulos, P., Damjanovic, L., Burnand, J. & Bylund, E. (in press). Learning to think in a second language: Effects of proficiency and length of exposure in English learners of German. Modern Language Journal.

- Bylund, E. & Athanasopoulos, P. (in press b). Televised Whorf: Cognitive restructuring in foreign language learners as a function of audio-visual media exposure. Modern Language Journal.

- Bylund, E. & Athanasopoulos, P. (in press c). Introduction: Cognition, motion events, and SLA. Modern Language Journal (special issue on the language and thought of motion in L2 learners).

- Bylund, E. & Athanasopoulos, P. (2014a). Linguistic relativity in SLA: Towards a new research programme. Language Learning, 64, 4.

- Bylund, E. (2014). Unomathotholo or i-radio? Factors predicting the use of English loanwords among L1 isiXhosa - L2 English bilinguals. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 35, 105-120. 

- Bylund, E. & Athanasopoulos, P. (2014b). Language and thought in a multilingual context: The case of isiXhosa. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17, 431-441.

- Athanasopoulos, P. & Bylund, E. (2013a). The ‘thinking’ in thinking-for-speaking: Where is it?Language, Interaction, and Acquisition, 4, 91-100.

- Bylund, E., Athanasopoulos, P. & Oostendorp, M. (2013). Motion event cognition and grammatical aspect. Evidence from Afrikaans. Linguistics, 51, 929-955.

- Vesterinen, R. & Bylund, E. (2013). Towards a unified account of the Spanish subjunctive mood: Epistemic dominion and dominion of effective control. Lingua, 131, 179–198

- Athanasopoulos, P. & Bylund, E. (2013b). Does grammatical aspect affect motion event cognition? A cross-linguistic comparison of English and Swedish speakers. Cognitive Science, 37, 286-309

- Oostendorp, M. & Bylund, E. (2013). Emotions and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: A multilingual perspective. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics, 41, 77-89.

- Bylund, E. & Díaz, M. (2012). The effects of heritage language instruction on first language proficiency. A psycholinguistic perspective. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 5,593-609.

- Bylund, E., Abrahamsson, N. & Hyltenstam, K. (2012). Does L1 maintenance hamper L2 nativelikeness? A study of L2 ultimate attainment in early bilinguals. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 34, 215-241.

- Bylund, E. (2011a). Segmentation and temporal structuring of events in early Spanish-Swedish bilinguals. International Journal of Bilingualism, 15, 86-54.

- Bylund, E. (2011b). Ultimate attainment of event construal patterns in speakers of L2 Swedish.Vigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 8, 29-53.

- Bylund, E. & Jarvis, S. (2011c). L2 effects on L1 event conceptualization. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 14, 47-59. 

- Bylund, E., Abrahamsson, N. & Hyltenstam, K. (2010). The role of language aptitude in first language attrition: The case of prepubescent attriters. Applied Linguistics, 31, 443-464.

- Bylund, E. (2009). Maturational constraints and first language attrition. Language Learning, 59 (3), 687-715. 

- Bylund, E. (2009). Effects of age of L2 acquisition on L1 event conceptualization patterns. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 12 (3), 305-322.

- Hyltenstam, K., Bylund, E., Abrahamsson, N. & Park, H.-S. (2009). Dominant language replacement: The case of international adoptees. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 12 (2), 121-140.

- Bylund, E. (2008). Procesos de conceptualización de eventos en español y en sueco: diferencias translingüísticas. Revue Romane, 43 (1), 1-24.


Chapters (peer-reviewed):

- Donoso, A. & Bylund, E. (in press). The construal of goal-oriented motion events by Swedish speakers of L2 Spanish. In J. Tiffany & S. Perpiñán (eds.) The acquisition of Spanish in adult and child bilingualism: Data from understudied language pairings. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

- Bylund, E. & Andersson, L. (in press). Las metáforas espacio-temporales y la percepción del tiempo. Un estudio comparativo sobre el español y el sueco [Spatio-temporal metaphors and time perception: a crosslinguistic study on Spanish and Swedish]. In.Romance Linguistics. Stockholm: Acta Romanica Stockholmiensia

- Bylund, E., Hyltenstam, K. & Abrahamsson, N. (2013). Age of acquisition effects or effects of bilingualism in second language ultimate attainment? In G. Grañena & M. Long (eds.)Sensitive periods, language aptitude, and ultimate L2 attainment (pp. 69–101). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

- Abrahamsson, N. & Bylund, E. (2013). Andraspråksinlärning och förstaspråksutveckling i andraspråkskontext. In K. Hyltenstam, I. Lindberg, N. Abrahamsson & M. Axelsson (eds.),Forskningsöversikt om flerspråkighet (pp. 153–245). Stockholm: Swedish Research Council.

- Bylund, E. (2011d). Language-specific patterns in event conceptualization: Insights from bilingualism. In A. Pavlenko (ed.), Thinking and speaking in two languages (pp. 108-142). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Other publications:

- Bylund, E. (2012). Review of 'Language Attrition' by Monika S. Schmid. Language, 88, 923-926. 

- Bylund, E. (2014). Language attrition. In Z. Bock & G. Mheta (eds.), Language, society, and communication. Cape Town: van Schaik Publ.

- Bylund, E. & Oostendorp, M. (2014). Second language acquisition. In Z. Bock & G. Mheta (eds.), Language, society, and communication. Cape Town: van Schaik Publ.



2009: Conceptualización de eventos en español y en sueco. Estudios sobre hablantes monolingües y bilingües. Doctoral dissertation, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Stockholm University.
2008: Age differences in first language attrition. A maturational constraints perspective. Doctoral dissertation, Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University.