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Bilingualism and cognitive development in relation to threshold theory

journal contribution
posted on 1992-07-01, 00:00 authored by L Ricciardelli
A study was conducted to examine the relationship between bilingualism and cognitive development, as predicted by threshold theory. This theory maintains that there may be levels of linguistic proficiency which bilingual children must attain in order to avoid cognitive deficits and to allow the cognitive benefits. On the whole, the results were consistent with the theory, in that an overall bilingual superiority was found only for those children who had attained a high degree of bilingualism. An overall bilingual superiority was not found for those children who had attained lower degrees of bilingualism. These results are discussed further in relation to Bialystok's model.

History

Journal

Journal of psycholinguistic research

Volume

21

Issue

4

Pagination

301 - 316

Publisher

Springer

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

0090-6905

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

Copyright notice

1992, Plenum Publishing