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Title: Early childhood bilingualism leads to advances in executive attention: Dissociating culture and language
Author: Sujin Yang
Institution: York University
Author: Hwajin Yang
Institution: Singapore Management University
Author: Barbara C. Lust
Institution: Cornell University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: English
Korean
Abstract: This study investigated whether early especially efficient utilization of executive functioning in young bilinguals would transcend potential cultural benefits. To dissociate potential cultural effects from bilingualism, four-year-old U.S. Korean–English bilingual children were compared to three monolingual groups – English and Korean monolinguals in the U.S.A. and another Korean monolingual group, in Korea. Overall, bilinguals were most accurate and fastest among all groups. The bilingual advantage was stronger than that of culture in the speed of attention processing, inverse processing efficiency independent of possible speed-accuracy trade-offs, and the network of executive control for conflict resolution. A culture advantage favoring Korean monolinguals from Korea was found in accuracy but at the cost of longer response times.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 14, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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