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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The reasons that bring languages into contact and hence foster bilingualism are many : migrations of various kinds ( economic , educational , political , religious ) , nationalism and federalism , education and culture , trade and ...
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 .
This is due to social , psychological , and neurological reasons . Psychologically , as adults we are baffled by things children approach on the level of a game . As I wrote in Raising Multilingual Children : I guess you could say that ...
Language learning in this case is due not to neurological reasons but rather to social ones . A nine - year - old and an adult learn languages differently because they have different motivations to do so , and they have very different ...
No , but primarily due to sociological reasons as opposed to neurological ones . Is most of the world monolingual ? No , most of the work speaks more than one language , but may not write even in one . Is it true that the more languages ...
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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