Early Setting of Grammatical Processing in the Bilingual Brain

  title={Early Setting of Grammatical Processing in the Bilingual Brain},
  author={Isabell Wartenburger and Hauke R. Heekeren and Jubin Abutalebi and Stefano F. Cappa and Arno Villringer and Daniela Perani},
The existence of a "critical period" for language acquisition is controversial. Bilingual subjects with variable age of acquisition (AOA) and proficiency level (PL) constitute a suitable model to study this issue. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the effects of AOA and PL on neural correlates of grammatical and semantic judgments in Italian-German bilinguals who learned the second language at different ages and had different proficiency levels. While the pattern of… CONTINUE READING
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