"Being bilingual may delay Alzheimer's and boost brain power..."

Östen Dahl oesten.dahl at ling.su.se
Tue Feb 22 22:08:07 UTC 2011

So what does "bilingual" mean in this context? It seems to me that it is being used in a rather vague way, possibly conflating quite different situations. Is a bilingual person someone who has grown up speaking more than one language, or is it anyone who has some knowledge of a second language? And it is using the second language, or knowing it, that is crucial? -- Having to speak a non-native language daily may be like solving cross-words, which is supposed to be good for keeping your cognitive abilities intact. But if you know the language from an early age, it might not take any special effort to speak it, and thus there may be no positive effect. So generalizing about "bilingual people" would be rather misleading. But maybe there are other things going on.
- östen

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Here's some pleasant news from The Guardian, at least for those of us fortunate enough to be bi- or multi-lingual...assuming it doesn't get contradicted by another set of texts next month...


All the best to everyone!


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