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RESEARCH NIBS - December / January 2018


Tel Aviv bats pick up ‘Scottish’ accents

Young bats can learn their mother ‘tongue’ and another specific ‘dialect’ by listening to the bat crowd around them, a study conducted at Tel Aviv University has found.

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Can bilingualism combat negative effects of poverty on the brain?

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Pre-school bilinguals are better at regulating behaviour, despite poor backgrounds.
Bilingualism could help protect children’s brain development from the negative effects of growing up in poverty, researchers at the University of Oregon said.

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When a prankster announced that the government would send the Conservative and Unionist Negotiating Team to Brussels for Brexit negotiations, the whole country chuckled. But do second-language users truly understand how offensive the ‘C-word’ actually is?

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Do bilingual schools become middle class ghettos?

Cristina Cifuentes

International studies make uncomfortable reading for the Spanish, Melanie Butler writes.

Are bilingual school programmes an expensive perk for the affluent middle classes that discriminate against disadvantaged students? This is one of the questions asked in The Bilingual Programme Examined, a new report from Accion Educativa, a Spanish association of education professionals.

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Late bilinguals enjoy brain advantage


Claudia Civinini writes

We all know that adults, unlike those lucky babies of the opposite page, have a hard time learning a new language. But precisely because of this, late bilinguals enjoy even more cognitive benefits than early bilinguals, a new study has found.

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Bilingual brains handle third language like natives

A bilingual brain is quickly able to handle a third language with the same neural mechanisms it uses for its native languages – putting it a step ahead of a monolingual brain, a new study has found.

Bilinguals process their L3 in the same way they process their L1, even at low proficiency. Monolinguals only develop this ability when they reach a high proficiency in another language.

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Foreign language quashes ethical qualms

By: Claudia Civinini

Would you kill a person to save another five?

Answering moral dilemmas is no easy feat, but imagine having to do it in your foreign language. How would this affect your decision?

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