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Explorations du lexique. Québec City: CIRAL. 15–27. Paradis, M. 2004. A neurolinguistic theory of bilingualism. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Pavlenko, A. 1999. New approaches to concepts in bilingual memory. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 2: 208–230. KECSKES: “CHAP01” — 2007/5/5 — 15:03 — PAGE 27 — #27 28 M I C H E L PA R A D I S Pavlenko, A. 2000. New approaches to concepts in bilingual memory (summary). Bilingualism:Language and Cognition, 3: 1–4 Pavlenko, A. 2005. Bilingualism and thought.

Modifications of this sort through exposure to two languages and/or two cultures are of the same kind as the ones that occur in unilinguals. Hence here, as for all other aspects of unidirectional or bidirectional interference, the difference is merely quantitative – more or fewer conceptual features enter into the constitution of a concept to match the corresponding lexical semantic constraints. In syntax, the differences are not in terms of more or less of a particular element, but of the use of a different parameter of a given principle – which again does not require the postulation of a bilingual-specific mechanism.

The concept denoted by the word “kick off” comes from American football as its dictionary definition shows in Merriam-Webster Online: 1: to start or resume play in football by a placekick. The concept’s metaphorical domain covers the following meaning: 2a: to initiate proceedings, b: to start out : begin The CSCP comes out in the appropriate context. Compare: (5) (a) Bill kicked off the ball in the direction of the forward. (b) The president kicked off the meeting with a short speech.

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