NeuroEducation Conference 2020 - Meet the Speakers - Antonella Sorace

Released Thursday, 6th February 2020
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Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and we are thrilled that she will be speaking at the London 2020 Neurolanguage Learning Conference. Her session on Friday the 1st May is called "Language Learning Across The Lifespan: Myths, Science, and Science Fiction". It's going to be amazing so don't miss it!

Research shows that knowing more than one language, regardless of their status, prestige, and worldwide diffusion, can give both children and adults a range of linguistic, cognitive and social benefits. More obviously, it enables communication among people and understanding of different cultures. Less obviously, it enhances focusing, seeing both sides of an argument, flexibly adapting to changing circumstances, and making rational decisions.
This means that language learning is an investment for life, and the lack of multilingual skills directly affects the competitiveness of countries that rely on ‘privileged monolingualism’ in English, like the UK, with huge costs for the economy as a whole. However, there are many widespread misconceptions, both old and new, about what it means to learn a new
language from a cognitive perspective. I will show that separating myths, science, and science fiction has important implications for language learning and teaching in society.
She is a world leading authority in the field of bilingual language development across the lifespan, where she brings together methods from linguistics, experimental psychology, and cognitive science.
She is also committed to disseminating the findings of research on bilingualism in different sectors of society. She is the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which currently has 26 branches in the UK, Europe, the US, the Middle East, and China.

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