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

Lise Menn lise.menn at Colorado.EDU
Tue Feb 22 22:34:51 UTC 2011

go look at the original publication - the link is posted, in the  
Guardian article, and here it is, also:

On Feb 22, 2011, at 3:08 PM, Östen Dahl wrote:

> 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...
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/feb/18/bilingual-alzheimers-brain-power-multitasking
> All the best to everyone!
> alex

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