Clinical forum: The role of individual differences in Executive Function in bilingual children
On October 10th, Elisabet García González will present her PhD project at the Forum for Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition. Her talk is titled “The role of individual differences in Executive Function in bilingual children: can we predict balanced bilingualism?". The event will take place in English and is open to everyone.
Does bilingualism benefit cognition? This is the burning question that has led research on early bilingualism in children in recent decades. Yet, the “cognitive advantage” claim is increasingly being challenged as we pay more attention to a fuller, more multifaceted representation of the bilingual speaker. Furthermore, the omnipresence of cross-sectional studies in the field make it impossible to fully understand the relationship between Executive Function (EF) and bilingualism, which may not be unidirectional.
With this issues in mind, the goal of this PhD project is to study how EF affects the acquisition of two languages and their development in a short longitudinal study. Ultimately, I would like to answer the question: can EF predict the maintenance of bilingualism in the lifespan? By looking at individual differences in a number of cognitive components and monitoring their development over time, I aim to contribute to the understanding of this complex relationship that is so relevant for linguistic researchers, educators and bilingual speakers themselves.
About the speaker
Elisabet Garcia Gonzalez is a PhD student at MultiLing, and a member of the Research Group in Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition. Her project is connected to MultiLing's socio-cognitive lab. She has a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and an MA in General Linguistics and a research MA in Linguistics with a focus on language acquisition, both from the University of Amsterdam.