ERIC Number: ED232473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Verbal Organizing Ability: Difference among Monolinguals, Bilinguals, and Multilinguals.
Rankis, Olaf E.; Beebe, Steven A.
The verbal organizing abilities of the bilingual, multilingual, and monolingual, as measured by four subscales of the Goyer Organization of Ideas Test (GOIT), were investigated. A total of 163 subjects from 5 universities having high populations of multilingual students were administered the GOIT. Bilinguals were not as effective on the sequential tasks as monolinguals. Other results supported the view that bilinguals may be better equipped to organize, retrieve, and restructure verbal information because of their analytically oriented cognitive style. Females were more effective than males on component relationship organizing tasks. Multilingual females were the most effective across all measures. Speakers of Romance languages were markedly superior to either monolinguals or speakers of second languages of a non-Romance type. It may be that certain languages, because of their structure, have the potential to facilitate certain verbal processing tasks. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Communication Association (Dallas, TX, May 26-30, 1983).