Languages, Volume 5, Issue 1 (March 2020) – 10 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Multilingualism and linguistic diversity are the norm in India. Research on bilingualism and cognition have so far ignored sociolinguistic diversity as a potential factor influencing cognitive skills. Focusing on a large cohort of socioeconomically disadvantaged primary school children in two urban sites of India, this study examines how performance on Raven’s and n-back is affected by language experience measured in two ways: first, by the number of home languages used by the child (multilingualism) and, second, by the number of languages used in the child’s family, school, and community environment (sociolinguistic diversity). Findings reveal cognitive gains for bilingual children but also for monolingual children living in a linguistically diverse environment. The study demonstrates that cognitive skills are prone to contextual effects, including language experience. View this paper.
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