SEMINAR: Bilingualism in Typical and Atypical populations: Language & Cognition SLHS 5123 / 4123
This class is open to seniors and graduate students
SENIOR STUDENTS: these 3 graduate-level credits can be applied toward both your UCONN undergraduate and UCONN graduate degree or other graduate programs* (register to 5123).
You can also take the class as a regular undergraduate class (register to 4123).
*MGH Institute accepts SLHS-5123 credits in their M.S. in SLP program
(10 seats available)
Instructor: Adrian Garcia-Sierra, Ph.D.
Office: PCSB 206
ALL STUDENTS NEED A PERMISSION NUMBER TO REGISTER TO THE CLASS. PLEASE EMAIL ME.
Course Description: In this seminar, we will study the broad concept of bilingualism in 5 sections. The course will start by exploring the biological (sensitive periods) and cognitive factors associated with language acquisition. We will explore how basic perceptual abilities differ between bilingual and monolingual infants and the brain changes associated with learning more than one language. We’ll explore the formation of memory traces for the second language and for how long they last if the second language is no longer used. In line with development, we will consider research on the development of receptive and expressive vocabulary in bilingual and monolingual children. In the second section we’ll learn the concept of executive control and the role of the basal ganglia over speech production and the role of it in selecting a language in bilinguals. We’ll explore how executive control affects structure and function in the brain and how these changes yield to an enhanced cognitive state referred as cognitive reserve. For this purpose, we will explore the role of the cognitive reserve in bilinguals diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and dementia as well as bilingual patients with aphasia and brain injury. In the third section of the course, we’ll discuss research concerned with language disorders in bilinguals; specifically, Speech Language Impairment (SLI) with emphasis in diagnosis. In the fourth section we will explore the concept of language mode (language being used at a given moment) and its role in speech perception, speech production, and lexical representations (e.g., interlingual homographs). The fifth section will be devoted to reading. In this section we’ll review literature concerning the lexical and non-lexical route of reading and the brain structures associated with these paths. We will discuss differences in brain activation when bilinguals reading opaque vs. transparent languages.
Adrian Garcia-Sierra Ph.D.
Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Science
CT Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science
University of Connecticut, Storrs
2 Alethia Dr, Unit 1085
Storrs, CT 06269-1085