Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars

Bilingualism: How It Shapes Our Minds

Bilingualism: How it Shapes Our Minds


Index# 15134

Professor Liliana Sanchez

M/W 1:10-2:30

HC S120 College Ave Campus

Will NOT Count Towards SAS – Spanish & Portuguese MAJOR
Will Count Towards SAS - Spanish & Portuguese MINOR – only if written work is completed in Spanish

One theme of the seminar will be how bilinguals access words and generate sentences in their minds with a special focus on bilinguals’ ability to inhibit words from one language when speaking the other language and the implications of this practice for the development of cognitive advantages. Studies from different parts of the world with literate and illiterate bilingual populations will be discussed to disentangle the contribution of bilingualism and bi-literacy to cognitive advantages. A second theme of the seminar will be how bilinguals all over the world acquire the ability to use language in multiple contexts. We will focus on how this ability makes bilingual individuals, especially children, more flexible and capable of adopting multiple perspectives.

About Professor Sanchez

LILIANA SANCHEZ studied Linguistics at the University of Southern California. She has taught at Rutgers since 2001 and is a co-author of Bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking World (Cambridge University Press, 2015).