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SciLang Event: Antonella Sorace - Investing in Multilingualism

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Central

Where: McCormick Foundation Center, Tribune Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Talant Abdykairov   (847) 467-3384

Group: Linguistics Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Antonella Sorace
Professor, University of Edinburgh and Bilingualism Matters

There are still 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.   In fact, research shows that when there are differences between monolingual and bilingual children, these are almost invariably in favour of bilinguals: bilingual children tend to have a better feel for how language works, a better understanding of other people’s points of view, and more mental flexibility in dealing with complex situations. Some of these benefits have also been found in adult multilinguals, both younger and older. I will first discuss the main benefits and challenges of bilingualism in any languages, and their implications for our increasingly multilingual societies. I will then talk about how our center Bilingualism Matters is enabling different community sectors, in Scotland and internationally, to make informed decisions on bilingualism and language learning across the lifespan.

Sponsored by SciLang, The Weinberg College Science of Language Initiative

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