Bilinguals use and learn language in ways that change their minds and brains, which has consequences -- many positive, according to Judith F. Kroll, a Penn State cognitive scientist.
"Recent studies reveal the remarkable ways in which bilingualism changes the brain networks that enable skilled cognition, support fluent language performance and facilitate new learning," said Kroll, Distinguished Professor, psychology, linguistics and women's studies.
Researchers have shown that the brain structures and networks of bilinguals are different from those of monolinguals. Among other things, the changes help bilinguals to speak in the intended language -- not to mistakenly speak in the "wrong" language.
- Author: TheAtlantic.com by Maura Ewing
Researchers often struggle with language barriers and low response rates among these voters.
It is not easy to accurately poll any population, but Latinos in the U.S. appear to pose specific challenges. “There is an art and a science to polling in Latino communities,” says Lourdes Torres, the director of special projects at Univision. There seem to be three major obstacles to effectively polling this fast-growing voting population (66,000 Latinos becoming eligible to vote every month).
First, there's language.
The debate rages on. As marketers think about how to execute Total Market digitally, they often ask themselves what language is best to reach online Hispanics. Some have argued that “English is the official language of the Web, even for Spanish-dominant Hispanics.”
According to Captura Group, research to illustrate why both English and Spanish is imperative for reaching online Hispanics. The research can be divided into two buckets:
In What Language Do Hispanics Consume Internet Content?
Most of the recent research indicates that a large number of Hispanics consume Internet content in both English and Spanish.
- Author: Lisa M. Rawleigh
In a world where Internet radio and MP3s are taking over, the FM radio markets are seeing an increase of listeners who speak Spanish.
The statistics have prompted many Midwestern stations to switch to Spanish or bilingual programming, according to NBC.
"[Latinos are] the only growing population that exists in those markets, and there was nothing for them," Murray Hill Broadcasting director of advertising Josh Guttman said.
Cleveland was one of the most recent to convert a station, and as of Jan. 1, 87.7 FM La Mega WLFM-LV began playing Latino music. The Hispanic population has increased by 63 percent to about 10...
In my last blog I wrote about ethnic umbrella labels. These labels include, but are not limited to, European-American, Asian-American, African-American and Native-American, and all share the characteristics of having a geographical reference point, but beyond that, distinctions appear. These terms raise another labeling issue, one which I’ve been questioned about. It concerns the use of the word American — including my use of American — to refer to the United States and its people. The argument goes like this.
“The entire Western Hemisphere is the Americas, North and South. Therefore, it’s...