"More Brain Power Needed for Mandarin Than English"

Gaudio, Rudolf Rudolf.Gaudio at purchase.edu
Mon Jun 30 21:32:46 UTC 2003

More Brain Power Needed for Mandarin Than English 

The link above is to a news story about some recently published
neurolinguistic research that found that Mandarin-speaking listeners used
both sides of their brains to perceive & interpret Mandarin speech, whereas
English speakers used only the left side to process English speech.  This
has apparently set off a lot of buzz about how Mandarin (or "Chinese") is
harder to learn than English is.

Is anyone familiar with this research?  I can't help but wonder whether, if
similar results were obtained in a study comparing, say, Yoruba and English
speakers, the media buzz would be the same.


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