GARCIA adolfo Martin
congresos y reuniones científicas
One language, multiple brains: The neurocognitive basis of English in native and non-native users
Seminario; Early Start Research Institute Seminar Series; 2014
Institución organizadora:
University of Wollongong
English is the most widely used language worldwide. It has approximately 335 million native speakers and roughly 500 million proficient non-native users (Lewis et al., 2014). The British Council (2013) estimates that the population with at least minimal functionality in English amounts to 1,700 million individuals. While all these people can rightly be said to know and use English, their brains have appropriated such a language in different ways, at different ages, to different levels, and in most cases under the influence of varied native languages. This lecture addresses the impact of these variables on the neurocognitive representation and use of English through a review of behavioral, neuroimaging, and neurophysiological evidence (García, 2014). A final discussion aimed at linguists highlights the benefits of considering neurocognitive evidence for modeling processes in particular languages. References British Council (2013). The English Effect. A British Council Report. Online: Last access: 05/11/14. García, A. M. (2014). Neurocognitive determinants of performance variability among world-language users. Journal of World Languages 1(1), 60-77. Lewis, M. P., G. F. Simons & C. D. Fennig (eds.) (2014). Ethnologue: Languages of the World, seventeenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online: Last access: 05/11/14.