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Age of language learning shapes brain structure: A cortical thickness study of bilingual and monolingual individuals

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We examined the effects of learning a second language (L2) on brain structure. Cortical thickness was measured in the MRI datasets of 22 monolinguals and 66 bilinguals. Some bilingual subjects had learned both languages simultaneously (0-3. years) while some had learned their L2 after achieving proficiency in their first language during either early (4-7. years) or late childhood (8-13. years). Later acquisition of L2 was associated with significantly thicker cortex in the left inferior front...

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10.1016/j.bandl.2013.05.014

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, RDM, Cardiovascular Medicine
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Academic Press Inc.
Journal:
Brain and Language
Volume:
131
Pages:
20-24
Publication date:
2014-01-01
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EISSN:
1090-2155
ISSN:
0093-934X
URN:
uuid:152e88f1-dbf9-441c-a690-ba66cb4c2126
Source identifiers:
464080
Local pid:
pubs:464080

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