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LINGUIST List 24.4594

Mon Nov 18 2013

FYI: Talk on Bilingualism and Multilingualism by Prof. David Green, November 20th, Reading, UK

Editor for this issue: Uliana Kazagasheva <ulianalinguistlist.org>

Date: 17-Nov-2013
From: Jason Rothman <j.rothmanreading.ac.uk>
Subject: Talk on Bilingualism and Multilingualism by Prof. David Green, November 20th, Reading, UK
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The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism cordially invited you to the next lecture in its seminar series by Prof. David Green of UCL, this Wednesday Nov. 20th 2013. Professor Green is a world-renowned expert on language control and inhibition in bilingual speakers as well as one of the founding editors of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Reading is easily accessible from London, just 25 minutes from Paddington Station on the train. The University is then just a few minutes cab ride from the central station in Reading.

Everyone is invited to all the CeLM lectures, details can be found at http://www.reading.ac.uk/celm/ under events.

Please check us out and like us on facebook as well: https://www.facebook.com/centreforliteracyandmultilingualism?ref=br_tf

Talk details:
Language Control in Bilingual and Multilingual Speakers

Prof. David Green
University College London

Date: Nov 20th 2013
Time:1-2:30 pm; refreshments 2-2:30

Place: Whiteknights Campus
Room: Madejski Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building

Abstract:
Neuroimaging research supports the idea that use of two or more languages changes the brain. These changes, I suggest, are an adaptive response to different demands on language control. A major source of such demands is the interactional context of the speaker: the recurrent pattern of conversational exchanges. Communities differ in how they use the languages at their disposal. In some, for example, speakers code-switch between their languages within a conversational turn whereas in others they use different languages to different addressees. Different contexts induce different habits of control that shape neural regions and circuits consistent with the serial order constraints of speech. By considering the contexts of language use we can help integrate sociolinguistic and neuroimaging research traditions and open up theoretical exploration of the space of language control and its dynamical properties.

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

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