Maria Polinsky

Maria Polinsky

Maria Polinsky [ Bilingualism ] It’s very common to assume when people talk about language that everyone speaks a particular language and speaks it well. and this assumption comes from large countries with large dominant languages like English in the United States or Russian in Russia or Chinese or Mandarin in China. So you have a large country, everyone’s supposed to learn the

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Ellen Bialystok [ Bilingualism ] I’m going to be talking about my research that shows how a very ordinary experience — bilingualism — has the ability to change and improve cognitive function across the lifespan and even delay symptoms of dementia in older age. Thank you so much for this incredible honor. It’s tremendous to be here and I want to thank everyone

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 John McWhorter [ Attention Economy ] We always hear that texting is a scourge. The idea is that texting spells the decline and fall of any kind of serious literacy, or at least writing ability, among young people in the United States and now the whole world today. The fact of the matter is that it just isn’t true, and it’s easy