LINGUIST List 32.1035

Sun Mar 21 2021

FYI: Minna Lehtonen ExLing Tutorial: Multilingualism and Cognition

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 21-Mar-2021
From: Antonis Botinis <>
Subject: Minna Lehtonen ExLing Tutorial: Multilingualism and Cognition
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Command of two or more languages can have many communicative benefits for an individual, but the question of whether bilingualism can also have beneficial effects on cognition and the brain has been debated in recent years.

The management of two languages in one mind is assumed to engage so-called domain-general executive functions that are important in controlling and regulating our behaviour. This putative cognitive advantage in bilinguals has thus been assumed to be due to the massive training of executive functions that bilinguals have accumulated due to their long experience in suppressing interference from the competing language or in frequent language switching.

In this talk, I will review the current evidence from behavioural tasks and brain-level studies and present ways, both methodological and theory-driven, in which the field could move forward.

For further information, please visit the ExLing Society site at:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

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