Gross in Developmental Science Colloquia Thurs. 11/21 at 1:00pm

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Tobin 423

Megan C. Gross, assistant professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst Communications Disorders, will present a talk titled Predictors of Bilingual Children’s Language Choices in Different Conversation Contexts

Abstract: Bilingual children exhibit a remarkable ability from an early age to adjust their language choice to accommodate different conversation partners. However, sometimes they respond in a different language from the one in which they were addressed, either by incorporating both languages within their response or by responding entirely in the opposite language. What factors contribute to children’s language choices when interacting with speakers of different languages? What skills help children to shift back and forth between languages when interacting with different speakers in the same context? Past work in children has focused on linguistic skill as the main limiting factor in children’s ability to control their language choice, while cognitive control has been the focus of adult models of language control. In this talk, I will discuss the contributions of both language skills and cognitive control to the language choices of 4-6 year old bilingual children in single-language and dual-language conversation contexts.

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All are welcome!