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Language-specific Processing: Does the Evidence Converge?: Anne Cutler

Language-specific processing is not a concept that psycholinguists leap to embrace. If all language processing were specific to the language being processed, psycholinguistics would be a very different discipline; among other things, it would forfeit much of its interest in the eyes of its superordinate field, cognitive psychology. Cognitive psychologists study the structures and processes involved in human cognition, and therefore, when they study language processing, they are interested in human language processing in general rather than processing in the individual case. By extension, language-specific processing simply seems not to be an interesting phenomenon.