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Cognitive effects of child bilingualism revisited: comparing groups, investigating development and exploring the underlying mechanisms (Vortrag)

DateMonday, 16th October 2017

veranstalter: Elma Blom (Utrecht University, Department of Special Education: Cognitive and Motor Disabilities)
ansprechpartner: Heike Behrens
institution: HPSL
language: Englisch
location institution: Basel
date_raw: 16. Oktober 2017, 16-18 Uhr
date_sort: 16.10.2017, 00:00:00

a century ago, bilingualism was surrounded by worries. In recent years, this
has changed with many researchers pointing to studies showing that bilingualism
has positive effects. One of the domains where bilingual children appear to benefit
from their bilingualism are the executive functions, a set of domain-general
cognitive functions used for goal-oriented behavior. However, even though
several studies found cognitive benefits, there are also studies reporting null
effects. In this presentation, I revisit the debate on the cognitive effects of
bilingualism by discussing examples from the research that I conducted together
with colleagues in the Netherlands in the last five years among various groups
of bilingual and bidialectal children in the Netherlands.


Der Vortrag findet im Rahmen der Vorlesung “Second Language Acquisition” statt.