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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 frontal ...

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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
Journal:
Brain and language
Volume:
131
Pages:
20-24
Publication date:
2014-04-05
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EISSN:
1090-2155
ISSN:
0093-934X
URN:
uuid:46ba970f-dc47-4676-8f06-a556ab3f72c8
Source identifiers:
411086
Local pid:
pubs:411086

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