In this article, researchers focus on disentangling the effects of bilingualism and dyslexia in tasks assessing phonological abilities of monolingual and bilingual, impaired/non-impaired children regarding morphological abilities, grammatical abilities and implicit learning. Results suggest that bilingualism, far from being a disadvantage, can offer linguistic and cognitive benefits that extend also to impaired children. Building on these results, researchers indicate some best practices and recommendations for parents, educators and health professionals that deal with children suffering from specific communicative impairments.

Recommendations for multilingualism and developmental communicative disorders

AThEME has produced a double-sided poster outlining key findings dealing with regional/minority and heritage languages in Europe;  multilingualism and communicative impairment and being multilingual.

 

FINAL ATHEME POSTER

As one of AThEME’s deliverables, one of the researchers from Queen Mary University of London, wrote a working paper called ‘Why do multiethnolects develop? This paper is currently under review. Please find an abstract below:

In many northern European cities the number and diversity of immigrants has increased rapidly in recent years, with a corresponding increase in the number and diversity of languages spoken. Research projects in multicultural areas of these cities have documented the rapid emergence of multiethnolects: repertoires of innovative linguistic forms used by young people of all ethnicities and all language backgrounds, including local non-immigrant speakers. A recent project in Paris, however, discovered no such innovations. This article offers an explanation for the fact that similar processes of population movement, immigration, and globalization have produced a different linguistic outcome in Paris. It proposes four factors that are necessary for a multiethnolect to emerge, all of which remind us that language evolution, like language use, is constrained not only by the social characteristics of individuals but also by the social and historical context in which individuals live. 

 

Researchers from the university of Nantes wrote and article on heritage languages and knowledge acquisition. As it states in the introduction ‘this paper seeks to bring novel experimental data to bear on the well-known and thorny issue of intervention effects in a wh-in-situ language, namely Korean.’ The paper shows that heritage Korean speakers differ from native Korean speakers in certain target properties.

An experimental investigation of intervention effects with wh-in-situ in Korean

AThEME has published its final European Policy Brief on multilingualism and cognitive aspects.

Based on AThEME research findings, this fifth policy brief is complementary to its fourth policy brief aimed at increasing the general understanding of interactions involving non-native speakers from a linguistic, cognitive and social perspective. It investigates children and adults speaking or learning different languages in different communities and educational contexts.

Published on the European Commission website showcasing Social Sciences & Humanities research:

European Policy Brief: Cognitive Aspects II

 

This working paper written by researchers from the University of Konstanz is a comparison of bilingual youth from immigrant families with different ages of onset of L2 acquisition to native monolinguals. It asks the question if simultaneous bilingualism supports high proficiency in both languages?

Article Sociological and sociolinguistic variables HL

AThEME has published its fourth European Policy Brief, this time on multilingualism and cognitive aspects.

Based on AThEME research findings, this fourth policy brief is aimed at increasing the general understanding of interactions involving non-native speakers from a linguistic, cognitive and social perspective, by describing research and outlining policy implications/recommendations on situations involving speakers of foreign languages as well as speakers of regional varieties of the same language.

Also published on the European Commission website showcasing Social Sciences & Humanities research:

European Policy Brief: Cognitive Aspects I

AThEME has published its third European Policy Brief , this time on multilingualism and heritage languages.

Based on AThEME research findings dealing with heritage languages, this document is intended to present policy-relevant findings to (European) decision-makers as well as offer them research-based policy recommendations.

HERITAGE LANGUAGES IN THE EU: CHALLENGES OF IMMIGRANT LANGUAGE MAINTENANCE

This  article  written by researchers from AThEME partners CNRS-IKER (French National Centre for Scientific Research-IKER), Utrecht University and the University of Rijeka examines  the complex  articulation  between the  setting  up of  a  standard language  and the  accompanying political  and social  changes  that explain  the  relatively successful language  shift reversal  evolution  of Basque. Some aspects of the Basque evolution are compared   elements  in   other   European  minority languages, in particular Frisian and Breton.

Article on maintenance of regional languages

AThEME has published a second European Policy Brief , this time on multilingualism and communicative impairment.

Based on AThEME research findings dealing with communicative impairment, this document is intended to present policy-relevant findings to (European) decision-makers as well as offer them research-based policy recommendations.

Published on the European Commission website showcasing Social Sciences & Humanities research:

MULTILINGUALISM AND COMMUNICATIVE IMPAIRMENT: IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY