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Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
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Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

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The more, the merrier: facts and beliefs about the bilingual mind

The more, the merrier: facts and beliefs about the bilingual mind

(p.193) Chapter 13 The more, the merrier: facts and beliefs about the bilingual mind
Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain

Antonella Sorace

Oxford University Press

Given the sociological repercussions of folk linguistic beliefs, it seems valuable to bridge the gap between the scientific approach to the study of bilingual cognition and what many people believe about life with two languages. This chapter tries to dissect some particularly strong misconceptions that are still alive and well and affecting the daily lives of bilinguals. Children do not know about the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, but they are exquisitely sensitive to the status and prestige of each language within the family and in the outside world. Even if the cognitive windows are still open, closed attitudes may put bilingualism out of reach.

Keywords:   bilingual mind, bilingualism, bilingual cognition, linguistic beliefs

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