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A Review of Research on Trilinguals’ Mental Lexicon Representation Structure

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DOI: 10.25236/icecbn.2019.034


Xiaowen Ji

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Xiaowen Ji


Structures of mental lexicon representation are fundamental in psycholinguistics. However, previous studies have either witnessed wide disparities or done little work in terms of relevant investigations into trilingualism. With increasingly thriving trilingualism, it is imperative to delve into the basic psycholinguistic question concerning trilingualism, and to lay a solid foundation for other relevant inquiries. This paper explains key terms, and reviews psycholinguistic studies of trilingualism with special foci on models proposed. Limitations of studies reviewed are summarized, and possible directions for future studies are given, with a view to addressing existing problems, and complying with the ongoing global trend.


Trilingual; mental lexicon representation