The influence of multilingualism on infant and child development ：evidence from behavioural and neural studies
Pemberi pidato: LIU Liquan
Tanggal:23, April, 2018 – Senin
Tempat: Kamar 602, Gedung 5, Kampus Hongkou
Summary: The impact of children’s multilingual experience on their early development is a topic of significant scientific and social relevance. This talk addresses how children's multilingual experiences alter their perception and learning patterns. I will begin with a brief introduction of learning mechanisms and developmental trajectories in early childhood, followed by empirical behavioural and neurophysiological data comparing monolingual and bilingual children’s speech and music perception as well as their vocabulary learning abilities. I will then summarize effects of children’s early multilingual experience on their language development and propose a heightened sensitivity hypothesis stemming from a multilingual environment. Time permitting, I will present a series of findings on child multilingualism beyond the language field, illustrating a comprehensive impact of (multilingual) exposure on child development across domains.