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Titolo: BILINGUALISM IN SARDINIA AND SCOTLAND: EXPLORING THE COGNITIVE BENEFITS OF SPEAKING A 'MINORITY' LANGUAGE
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Data di pubblicazione: 2013
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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BILINGUALISM  
Abstract: The research reports on a study investigating the cognitive benefits of bilingualism in children who speak the minority languages of Sardinian and Scottish Gaelic, in addition to their respective ‘national’ languages of Italian and English. One hundred and twenty-one children, both bilingual and monolingual, were administered a series of standardised cognitive ability tests targeted at the four areas that have been previously shown to be advantageous to bilingual children in the literature, namely, cognitive control, problem-solving ability, metalinguistic awareness and working memory. The bilingual children significantly outperformed the monolingual children in two of the four subtests, and the Scottish children significantly outperformed the Sardinian children in one of the sub-tests. The differences found were largely due to the superior performance of the Scottish bilingual children who receive a formal bilingual education, in contrast to the Sardinian bilingual children who mostly only speak the minority language at home. The implications of the results are discussed.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/11584/27976
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