“Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity"

Multilingualism good for brain, report says

In 2008 the European Commission asked an international team of researches, cooridnated by the Jyväskylä University, to carry on a study on the effects that multilingualism can have for brain. Findings are available on the CORDIS website and can be downloaded in french and in english.

The study was conducted between May 2008 and June 2009 across the 27 EU Member States as well as Norway and Turkey. It takes into account scientific literature from Europe and beyond, plus input from 30 experts in the studied countries and a core scientific team.

The analysis was set against five hypotheses previously formulated by the Commission. These assume that there is a link between multilingualism and creativity: multilingualism broadens access to information and offers alternative ways of organising thought as well as of perceiving the surrounding world. Finally, it was surmised that learning a new language increases the potential for creative thought.

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