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Seminar 1: Launch of Cross-College Childhood and Youth Research Seminar Series

Poster of Connecting the linguistic, cognitive, and social dots in research on child bilingualism seminar

Launch of Cross-College Childhood and Youth Research Seminar Series

Seminar 1: Connecting the linguistic, cognitive, and social dots in research on child bilingualism

What does it mean for a child to have more than one language? There are many widespread misconceptions about learning a second language in childhood: for example, many people still think that early bilingualism makes children confused and puts them at a disadvantage at school, or that language learning is not a priority.  Research, in contrast, shows that bilingualism - in any languages - may give children enhanced literacy and general language skills, a sensitivity to other people’s points of view, and mental flexibility in dealing with complex situations. These effects, however, are not always found. In my talk I will present some of our recent research showing that linguistic and cognitive aspects of child bilingualism interact in important ways with social factors and social attitudes. Much more interdisciplinary research is needed to put together a complete picture of the effects of early bilingual experiences.

About Antonella Sorace

Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is a world leading authority and has published widely in the field of bilingualism across the lifespan, where she brings together methods from linguistics, experimental psychology, and cognitive science. She is also committed to bringing research to people in different sectors of society. She is the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which currently has 26 branches in three different continents.

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For more details/information, please contact the Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group, MHSES through: Karina Padilla karina.padilla@ed.ac.uk

If you want to write a blog as a response to the first seminar, please contact Karina Padilla- karina.padilla@ed.ac.uk The blog post will be located at the CYSRG blog page.

Dec 09 2020 -

Seminar 1: Launch of Cross-College Childhood and Youth Research Seminar Series

Launch of Cross-College Childhood and Youth Research Seminar Series – Seminar 1: Connecting the linguistic, cognitive, and social dots in research on child bilingualism Antonella Sorace will speak at the first seminar of our online Cross-College Childhood and Youth Research Seminar Series

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