Tag: bilinguals

Research Examines the Economic Benefits of Bilingualism

Ingrid T. Colón gathers the financial evidence to support multilingualism"fluent bilinguals earned more than $5,400 annually than their monolingual peers"Helping students retain and strengthen their home language affords them many cognitive, social and even health benefits. Research shows that multilingualism can...

The Right to Multiple Identities

Editorial by Dan WardThe constitutional crisis in Spain’s autonomous region of Cataluña highlights the new reality of identification in our globalized world. Although many Catalans consider themselves to be both Catalan and Spanish, speak both languages, and enjoy customs of both cultures, they are being forced by intransigent politicians to choose between them, as if one precludes the other.Of...

Bilinguals May Recognize Voices Better

A new study in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition shows an advantage in bilingual children when determining voices of who is talking (talker-voice information). Countless studies have proven that there are many benefits, in both cognitive and social tasks, so the new findings...

Bilinguals Better Equipped to Process Information

Speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to new research that indicates bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who know a single language. The benefits occur because the bilingual brain is constantly activating both languages and choosing which language to use and which to ignore, said Northwestern University's Viorica...

Bilinguals More Mentally Flexible

Bilingual speakers can switch languages seamlessly, likely developing a higher level of mental flexibility than monolinguals, according to Penn State linguistic researchers."In the past, bilinguals were looked down upon," said Judith F. Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Women's Studies. "Not only is bilingualism not bad for you, it may be really good. When you're switching languages all...