24.906J / 21F.024J The Linguistic Study of Bilingualism

Fall 2006

Sign pointing to the civic center and airport.
A road sign with directions in English and Welsh. (Image courtesy of Stefan Baguette.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings.

Course Description

This course describes development of bilingualism in human history (from Lucy to present day). It focuses on linguistic aspects of bilingualism; models of bilingualism and language acquisition; competence versus performance; effects of bilingualism on other domains of human cognition; brain imaging studies; early versus late bilingualism; opportunities to observe and conduct original research; and implications for educational policies among others. The course is taught in English.
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Prof. Suzanne Flynn

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session