More than one language: Cognitive perspectives and implications for language policy

Mirta Vernice, Antonella Sorace

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For several decades, research has shown that bilingualism, especially early bilingualism, has both linguistic and cognitive benefits on human development over the lifespan. This chapter discusses studies both in favour of and against this account. We further present the possible implications that the effects of bilingualism involve for language policy and planning. In the last section of this chapter, we address specific needs of bilingual speakers with an atypical language development to foresee a range of actions and plans that might be adopted for a complete bilingual growth in a vulnerable population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Language Policy and Planning
EditorsMichele Gazzola, François Grin, Linda Cardinal, Kathleen Heugh
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429448843
ISBN (Print)9781138328198, 9781032519906
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


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