24.906J / 21F.024J The Linguistic Study of Bilingualism

As taught in: Fall 2006

Sign pointing to the civic center and airport.

A road sign with directions in English and Welsh. (Image courtesy of Stefan Baguette.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Suzanne Flynn

Course Description

This course describes development of bilingualism in human history (from Lucy to present day). It focuses on linguistic aspects of bilingualism; models of bilingualism and language acquisition; competence versus performance; effects of bilingualism on other domains of human cognition; brain imaging studies; early versus late bilingualism; opportunities to observe and conduct original research; and implications for educational policies among others. The course is taught in English.