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Psycholinguistic Aspects of Bilingualism

The course aims to provide knowledge about bilingualism from a psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic, and cognitive perspective. The course focuses on some of the most central issues in the field of bilingualism from a psycho- and neuro-linguistic perspective.

Information for admitted students Spring 2022

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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Welcome to the Department for Swedish Language and Multilingualism (Svefler). Once you have been admitted to an education with us, you will receive an email from one of our Student counsellors or Course administrators.

Two students sitting talking with laptop on coffe table. Photo: Niklas Björling
Photo: Niklas Björling

In the email, you will receive information needed before the course starts. We usually email you after the first admission, and after the second admission if you are newly admitted then.

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Usually you need to register online, and you have to register on time to confirm and keep your place. Please see the email from the Student counsellor or Course administrator.

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Web-based teaching digitally in Zoom

Teaching at our Department mostly takes place digitally during the first half of the spring semester 2021. There will only be a few occasions with teaching and examination on campus. Please read our FAQ: Questions and answers (Svefler's website):

Both distance and campus teaching at the Department autumn 2020 and spring 2021. FAQ

Our teachers use the e-meeting service Zoom for lectures and seminars. Familiarize yourself with Zoom before it's time for your first seminar, it's free for students at Stockholm University.

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Course site in the e-learning platform Athena

We use the e-learning platform Athena for communication within our courses. Each course has its own course site where teachers will make relevant material available at the start of the course. You will access Athena after you have registered.


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Examples of the issues the course focuses on include the role of age of acquisition, the question of ultimate attainment, the role of cross-linguistic influence, and individual differences. These questions will be addressed in light of current theoretical models of bilingual language representation and processing. The course also explores the relationship between language and cognition.

The course aims to provide knowledge about bilingualism and multilingualism at individual level from a psychological, neurolinguistic and cognitive perspective. Here the course covers models for bilingual language storage and language processing, and these are studied in the light of phenomena such as second language acquisition/learning, language choice, language separation, language loss (attrition) and language pathological phenomena (e.g. aphasia and dementia), learning age, maturity restrictions and critical period (s), as well as individual factors such as language aptitude and motivation. Cognition and bilingualism are treated with respect to the relationship between language and thought, conceptual transfer, and general cognitive skills (such as executive control).

  • Course structure

    After a completed course, you will be able to:

    • Discuss and problematize the basic concepts of psycho- and neurolinguistics from a learning and bilingualism perspective
    • Describe some of the most relevant factors that influence bilingualism/second language acquisition and discuss these critically from a psycho- and neurolinguistic perspective (e.g., role of age in bilingualism, bilingual language activation, the bilingual lexicon, etc.)
    • Describe and critically discuss individual differences in second language acquisition
    • Describe and discuss models of language processing and development in bilinguals and second language learners, including theoretical models about the neurological correlates of the phenomena concerned (in terms of brain areas and brain responses)
    • Describe and critically discuss some of the evidence concerning the relationship between bilingualism and cognition.



    See the Syllabus.


    The pdf is in Swedish, but you can search the course by the course code.

    VT22 Examinatorer Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet (683 Kb)

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Study counselling/Course administration – BILINGUALISM