The literature suggests that bilingual language processing takes place in similar brain regions for both of the individual’s languages. However, more recent developments in the field of neuroimaging have suggested that a bilingual’s languages may be separated to some degree on micro-anatomical level.
My research will attempt to explore the neural organisation of bilingual language processing further by completing a series of fMRI studies in both healthy Welsh-English bilinguals, and individuals with brain damage. The participants will perform several word recognition and other language processing tasks in both Welsh and English. By combining different methods of analysis, such as univariate and multivariate techniques, my aim is to explore how language processing may differ between the two languages, and to create a comprehensive overview of neural activation during language processing in Welsh-English bilinguals.