ERIC Number: EJ937633
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Publication Date: 2011-Oct
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Is There a Relation between Onset Age of Bilingualism and Enhancement of Cognitive Control?
Luk, Gigi; de Sa, Eric; Bialystok, Ellen
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v14 n4 p588-595 Oct 2011
Young English-speaking monolingual and bilingual adults were examined for English proficiency, language use history, and performance on a flanker task. The bilinguals, who were about twenty years old, were divided into two groups (early bilinguals and late bilinguals) according to whether they became actively bilingual before or after the age of ten years. Early bilinguals and monolinguals demonstrated similar levels of English proficiency, and both groups were more proficient in English than late bilinguals. In contrast, early bilinguals produced the smallest response time cost for incongruent trials (flanker effect) with no difference between monolinguals and late bilinguals. Moreover, across the whole sample of bilinguals, onset age of active bilingualism was negatively correlated with English proficiency and positively correlated with the flanker effect. These results suggest a gradient in which more experience in being actively bilingual is associated with greater advantages in cognitive control and higher language proficiency.
Descriptors: Reaction Time, Monolingualism, Language Proficiency, Bilingualism, Age, Cognitive Ability, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Language Usage, Task Analysis, Correlation, Adults
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