The bilingual brain. Proficiency and age of acquisition of the second language.

  title={The bilingual brain. Proficiency and age of acquisition of the second language.},
  author={Daniela Perani and Eraldo Paulesu and Nuria Sebasti{\'a}n Gall{\'e}s and Emmanuel Dupoux and Spelke Dehaene and Valentino Bettinardi and Stefano F. Cappa and Ferruccio Fazio and Joel Mehler},
  journal={Brain : a journal of neurology},
  volume={121 ( Pt 10)},
Functional imaging methods show differences in the pattern of cerebral activation associated with the subject's native language (L1) compared with a second language (L2). In a recent PET investigation on bilingualism we showed that auditory processing of stories in L1 (Italian) engages the temporal lobes and temporoparietal cortex more extensively than L2 (English). However, in that study the Italian subjects learned L2 late and attained a fair, but not an excellent command of this language… CONTINUE READING
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