Podcast: Multilingualism; An Investment For A Better Society by Prof Antonella Sorace

Antonella and team
Antonella and team

Title of talk:

Multilingualism: an investment for a better society by Prof Antonella Sorace

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • Research on multilingualism shows that language learning is good for the brain at all ages
  • Many misconceptions exist about child bilingualism and language learning later in life, some very old and some quite new
  • What does research REALLY show? And why is it important to know it?


A few paragraphs on your subject:

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Bilingualism/multilingualism is a research field focused on learning more than one language over the lifespan and its effects on brains and behavior.

A few paragraphs about you:

I am a professor of developmental linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. I’m the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which makes research results available to different sectors of society and has 17 branches all over Europe and the US.

What free internet knowledge resources would you recommend to others if they wish to explore your chosen theme further?

The Bilingualism Matters website: http://www.bilingualism-matters.ppls.ed.ac.uk

What are your weblinks?

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Public Email –
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This talk took place on 26th Oct 2017 at Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR)