The Multilingual Mind: Issues Discussed By, For, and about People Living with Many Languages
This book tackles common misconceptions about polyglots (too many languages can cause brain overload, some languages are easier to learn than others, an adult cannot learn a foreign language as fast as a child, etc.)
Other topics include:
- Curriculum choice
- Teaching languages using the multiple intelligences
- How different education systems can influence multilingual skills
- Language's relationship to mental tasks such as music and math
- Languages from the womb and bilingualism from birth
- The growth of the trilingual family
- The societal situation of third culture kids (those growing outside of their parents' native country)
- A special case for foreign language development
- The emerging cross-area study of multilingualism and cosmopolitanism
- Questions of linguistic identity
- Challenges to normal foreign language learning, such as dyslexia, Downs Syndrome, and deafness
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Perhaps one reason is that most of the technology for studying the working brain has been developed only since the mid - 1970s , and observation of healthy , normal , multilingual brains has become commonplace even more recently .
All people use the same area of their brain to speak languages . 8. A nine - year - old has the same size brain as an adult ; therefore the two learn languages in the same way . 9. Most of the world is monolingual . 10.
Neurologically , the infant , the five - yearold , the teenager , and the parent have brains of different sizes , and different experiences to rely on when learning a new language . Second , some adults see children with " too many ...
Most of the world's population has the primary language area in the left frontal and parietal lobes of the brain . This is true for 95 percent of righthanded people and 70 percent of left - handed people ( the rest have their primary ...
Since dyslexia is caused by " measurable brain differences in processing the sounds represented by written language ... intense and highly detailed instruction in phonics " ( matching the letters to their corresponding sounds ) begun ...
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Teaching Languages Using the Multiple Intelligences and the Senses
The Role of the Sense of Smell in Language Learning
TwoWay Immersion Programs in the United States
MATH MUSIC AND MULTILINGUALS
The Relationship Between Musical Ability and Foreign Languages Communication via Sounds and via Words
SOCIETY AND LANGUAGES
Third Culture Kids A Special Case for Foreign Language Learning
The Yellow Streetcar Shaping a Polyphonic Identity
Linguistic Hegemony Is There a Superior Language?
Foreign Adoption and Bilingualism
Bringing Up Bilingual Children in Scarce Language Environments How the Internet Can Help
Multilingualism and Cosmopolitanism
Language Math and Thought Vygotskys Concept of Inner Speech
DEGREES OF MULTILINGUALISM
In the Beginning Was the Word Language and the Womb
First Choice Option From Birth
Bilingualism from Birth
Trilingualism A Study of Children Growing Up with Three Languages
What You Speak Only One Language? A Trilingual Familys Story
A Voice within a Voice Federman TranslatingTranslating Federman
Challenges to Normal Bilingualism Downs Syndrome Deafness and Dyslexia
About the Editor and Contributors