Dr Walter van Heuven is an associate professor from University of Nottingham, whose research interests are in the area of monolingual and bilingual language processing, computational models of language processing, and neuroimaging studies of the bilingual brain. His current work investigates word processing in monolinguals and bilinguals (e.g., orthographic and morphological processing, automatic translation), cognitive control in bilinguals, and incidental foreign language acquisition. He is also working on computational models of language processing and cognitive control (e.g., models of bilingual word processing, letter position coding, and Stroop).
To what extent the languages of bilinguals are interconnected and interact is important for theories and models of bilingual word processing. In this talk I will focus on visual word recognition and I will present an overview of studies that have investigated cross-language interactions due to similarity between words at the orthographic, phonological and/or semantic level. I will discuss models of bilingual word processing and in particular I will focus on the BIA+model (Dijkstra & van Heuven, 2002) and evaluate the assumptions of this model using behavioural, functional magnetic resonance imaging and event-related brain potential data.