BILINGUAL ACQUISITION & BILINGUAL EDUCATION: THE DEVELOPMENT OF LINGUISTIC & COGNITIVE ABILITIES IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF BILINGUALISM

Abstract: 

Background: Bilingualism affects cognitive abilities in accelerating development of executive functions such as inhibitory control, meta-cognitive awareness and working memory compared to monolingual children (Bialystok 2001, Carlson & Meltzoff 2008). Types of bilingualism include simultaneous bilinguals exposed to both languages from birth and successive bilinguals with a later onset of exposure to the second language which varies leading to a further distinction between early and late bilinguals. Variation among bilinguals is also related to language dominance, i.e. which language is more and better used by the bilingual individual. Dominance is influenced by educational frame leading to mono- or bi-literacy development.

Aim: The principal aim of the proposed research project is to examine language and cognitive abilities in simultaneous and successive bilinguals alongside with the effects of educational frames on bilingualism; specifically,

  • the interaction between bilingualism and cognition,
  • the effects of different educational frames on this interaction and
  • the effects of bilingual education on language and literacy development.

Workpackages: The project includes five research domains which investigate:

  1. vocabulary, syntax and phonology in bilinguals,
  2. cognitive abilities of bilinguals related to working memory & inhibitory control,
  3. the defining characteristics of each educational framework examined and
  4. the defining features responsible for differentiations among bilingual speakers.
  5. The fifth research group will be responsible for the dissemination of the results and the exchange of information between researchers and society by creating a web-service available to the public.

Expected Results: Our findings are expected:

  • to offer a global picture of linguistic and cognitive abilities and their interaction in bilingualism and
  • to identify the educational frame that best promotes bilingualism.

Project info

Acronym:
BALED
Coordinating Institution:
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Scientific Coordinator:
Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria
Research Team 2 Leader:
Bablekou Zoe
Research Team 3 Leader:
Matthaioudaki Marina
Research Team 4 Leader:
Agathopoulou Eleni
Research Team 5 Leader:
Panagiotidis Panagiotis

Stats

I.D.:
647
Mis:
377313
Budget:
600 000.00

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