GARCIA adolfo Martin
congresos y reuniones científicas
How the brain handles English as a foreign language
GARCÍA, ADOLFO M.
Otro; Lectures on Translation and Cognition; 2015
University of Macau
With over 335 million native speakers and 500 million proficient non-native users, English is the most widely used language worldwide. While all these people can rightly be said to know and use one and the same language, their brains have through different processes of appropriation and use. This lecture addresses the biopsychological bases of representational and functional variability among native and non-native users of English. Available evidence reveals four neurocognitive determinants of variability, namely: manner of appropriation, age of acquisition, level of proficiency, and degree of formal similarity between the native and the non-native language. A final discussion aimed highlights the benefits of considering neurocognitive evidence for modeling processes in particular languages.