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December 2021

Slugs and Steins: Monolingualism can be cured! And what does this mean for bilingual speech? 

Mark Amengual, Associate Professor Director, UCSC Bilingualism Research Lab Director, Spanish Studies
Monday, December 13th, 2021
6:30-8:00 p.m.  

It is by no means a small feat that bilinguals can speak two or more languages. In addition to acquiring a variety of components of the linguistic system, they must have the ability to produce language-specific acoustic targets in their languages accurately and consistently, and importantly, they do it while inhibiting or deactivating the influence of their first or dominant language. In this talk, Mark Amengual will discuss and dispel several myths about bilingualism and bilingual speech, offer an overview of the potential cognitive benefits of being bilingual, and provide evidence of the resourcefulness of bilinguals and multilinguals in overcoming cross-language influence in their speech, thereby demonstrating the flexibility of their sound systems.