Rhys Davids, QKM introduction. Cambridge History of India, Vol. Smith, The Early History of India.
History[ edit ] Over the course of the past few years, the prevalence of bilinguals in the United States has increased dramatically. While the United States Census Bureau does not directly poll for bilingualism, they do poll for what languages are used in an individual's home, and if it is a language other than English, they then poll for how well that same individual speaks English.
A general opinion was that bilinguals would have smaller vocabularies, stunted cognitive abilities and that children learning two languages from a young age would be spending too much of their energy differentiating and building the two languages to become competent in either one.
Diaz, from Yale University mentions that perspectives like these were in part believed to have been influenced by variables that had impacted or changed how a society functioned.
Inthe American Institute for Research published an influential study which discussed bilingualism as it relates to education and what effects there are on a child's performance maintaining with the class.
While historically relevant and necessary, in context of meeting todays modern methodological standards, these studies in particular are argued to be missing necessary pieces of data that create controversy over their credibility.
With current research and data suggesting benefits to bilingualism, the soundness of the former studies conclusions are in brought into question. Another element that contrasted with more modern researching techniques was the lack of a control for socioeconomic status SES and many of them administered verbal-intelligence tests to non-proficient speakers of a second language in that second language.
InPeal and Lambert published a study highlighting the importance of controlling for such factors as age, sex, and SESas well as of having a standardized measure for bilingualism when selecting a sample of bilinguals to be studied. In their study they carefully matched bilingual to monolingual participants, and found that the bilinguals appeared to have significant advantages to that of their monolingual peers outperforming in both verbal and non-verbal tests, more specifically in the non-verbal tests.
In continuation of this study, and studies alike, the literature after this point began to undergo a shift of focus erring more particularly into areas of cognitive development and aptitude such as: Much of the current research on cognitive effects of bilingualism investigate a correlation between bilingualism and alterations in the brain.
A study titled "Bilingualism, aging, and cognitive control" amongst various similarly conducted studies released data suggesting that monolinguals and bilinguals were found having varying ability in the executive function part of the brain.
From these tests, bilinguals showed a higher executive control than their monolingual peers. When matched in age and other background factors e.
Best, an author of Relations between executive function and academic achievement from ages 5 to 17 in a large, representative national sample suggests that executive function is crucial to academic success across age groups. Inhibitory processes of adults who learned a second language at a young age show better controlled processing than monolingual adults.
Possible Connection[ edit ] The modern day approach to researching multilingualism    is suggesting that there are cognitive advantages to becoming bilingual.
One of the more frequently tested aspects to language development has been in relation to a possible link between bilingualism and higher executive functioning skills. These findings suggest bilingualism is correlated with better control of attention and facilitates processing and functioning in several cognitive tasks.
There are two types of processing that aid children in language development: In one study,  researchers administered a non-linguistic card-sorting task to participants that required flexibility in problem solvinginhibiting irrelevant information, as well as recognizing the constancy of certain variables in the face of changes in the rules.
Bilingual children significantly outperformed their monolingual peers in this task, suggesting early development of inhibitory function that aids solving problems which require the ability to selectively focus attention.
In a following study, researchers  aimed to determine what gave bilinguals an advantage in solving the card-sorting task and generally an advantage in problem solving situations.
Groups were equivalent in their ability to represent the stimuli reflecting Worrall's findings, described below and both were equally able to inhibit learned motor responses. Bilinguals performed better on the task to measure conceptual inhibition; the ability to inhibit previous associations and create new mental representations of the stimulus according to task changes.The following is a list of letters, speeches, documents, web sites, books, and articles on significant people and events in American political thought and history.
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As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria.
Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from vetconnexx.com Debates can be pretty useless, but they are all we have! The history of philosophy is a series of 10, debates waged over many centuries.
One some issues the best arguments have won and there is no more debate. This webpage is for Dr. Wheeler's literature students, and it offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature, and genre studies.
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