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The bilingual brain, Arturo E. Hernandez

The bilingual brain, Arturo E. Hernandez
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [163]-182) and index
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non fiction
Main title
The bilingual brain
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Arturo E. Hernandez
Cases of language loss and recovery bring up an intriguing paradox. If two languages are stored in the brain, how can it be that a person can lose one of them, but not the other, and then gain one back without relearning it? The traditional models of how a language is represented in the brain suggest that languages can become inaccessible, even though they are not entirely lost. As the author demonstrates through fascinating cases, stress--whether due to foreign language immersion, sleep deprivation, or brain damage--can lead to the apparent loss of one language, but not the other. The author presents the results of 25 years of research into the factors that might help us to understand how two (or more) languages are stored in one brain
Table Of Contents
Antagonists, parasites, and symbiotes -- The sensorimotor nature of early learning -- Laying down two languages across time -- Proficiency, efficiency, and expertise -- Practice what you speak -- Controlled adjustments -- Control, flexibility, and the two language dilemma -- The final frontier
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