Course Info: CS-0183
|Long Title||Bilingualism: Cognitive and Linguistic Aspects|
|Meeting Info||Adele Simmons Hall 221 on T,TH from 10:30-11:50|
Mind, Brain, and Information|
|Cumulative Skill(s)||Writing and Research|
|Additional Info||In this course, students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time. This time includes reading, writing, research.|
This course focused on the acquisition of two or more languages by both children and adults. We looked at how two or more languages are represented in the mind of an individual and attempted to elucidate the mental processes that allow individuals to produce and understand sentences in each language. Questions that we considered included: Who is considered bilingual and what are the criteria for 'knowing' a language? How does bilingualism influence linguistic and cognitive development? How does the cognitive system cope with the need to develop efficient processing mechanisms for two or more different languages and maintain separate access and representational mechanisms for each language? How is language represented in the bilingual brain?