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How Many Languages Can You Learn?

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

How does the brain acquire and process language? How about multiple languages? And how about a whole lot of languages? Dr. Fedorenko describes what cognitive science knows and what is still to be learned. She and her associates focus on how the brains of multilingual people (polyglots) process very different types of languages. They also investigate those rare individuals who learn dozens of languages (hyperpolyglots).

Evelina (Ev) Fedorenko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Frederick A. (1971) and Carole J. Middleton Career Development Associate Professor of Neuroscience, and an Investigator in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. She also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and is affiliated with the Harvard-MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology.