Center for Language Science joins global outreach center for bilingualism

December 05, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s Center for Language Science will become the first U.S. chapter of Bilingualism Matters, a Center of Excellence at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The organization serves as an important bridge between outstanding research on bilingualism and successful applications on the ground for parents, teachers and policy makers.

Bilingualism Matters began as a public information service in 2008, in response to a lack of information about bilingualism in the community. Since its inception, the organization has delivered information through public talks to hundreds of parents, educators, health professionals, business leaders and policy makers. This fall, Bilingualism Matters was officially launched as a center at the University of Edinburgh with 13 branches established in several European countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Croatia, Italy and Greece.

“Our faculty and students are very excited at this amazing opportunity to transfer what we have learned in our research to help communities and the public enhance everyday lives,” said Judith Kroll, director of the Center for Language Science and Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Women’s Studies. “Much of the work at Bilingualism Matters has been focused on bilingual children but here at Penn State we hope to take a broader approach across the lifespan to include young adult and older bilinguals.''

On Wednesday, Dec. 10, Antonella Sorace, the founder and director of Bilingualism Matters, will visit the Center for Language Science to conduct outreach training with the faculty and students. One session will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and a second session from 2 to 4 p.m., both in 127 Moore Building. On Friday, Dec. 12, Sorace will give a public lecture at 9 a.m. in 127 Moore Building. The public is welcome to attend all events.  

Penn State’s Center for Language Science is an interdisciplinary group of linguists, psycholinguists, applied linguists, speech-language pathologists, speech scientists and cognitive neuroscientists who share an interest in language acquisition and bilingualism. The center is based in the Colleges of Liberal Arts, and Health and Human Development and includes affiliated researchers from around the world.  

One of the center’s major initiatives is “Bilingualism, Mind and Brain,” a five-year project supported by the National Science Foundation's Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE). Penn State PIRE is an interdisciplinary program in cognitive psychology, linguistics and cognitive neuroscience, involving researchers from 10 universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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Last Updated December 08, 2014