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Academic Paper

Title: Novel-word learning, executive control and working memory: A bilingual advantage
Author: Meesha Warmington
Author: Swathi Kandru-Pothineni
Author: Graham Hitch
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Studies of the effects of bilingualism on cognition have given results that do not consistently replicate, reflecting at least in part wide differences in criteria for bilingualism and heterogeneity of language combinations within studied samples. We examined the bilingual advantage in attention, working memory and novel-word learning in early sequential Hindi–English bilinguals. We sought to clarify the aspects of cognition that benefit from bilingualism by using multiple measures and a sample sufficiently well-defined to permit independent replication. Bilinguals outperformed monolinguals on response inhibition, novel-word learning and almost all working memory tasks. In contrast, both groups performed comparably on selective attention. Analyses of individual differences showed that bilingual novel-word learning was related to their verbal working memory and ability to inhibit an ongoing action, whereas this was not the case for monolinguals. Results indicate a specific bilingual advantage that is confined to some but not all aspects of cognition.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 22, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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