Articles from February 2022

Language Policy in Iowa and Spanish Heritage Speakers

Conference Presentation at National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, February 24th-26th, 2022

Perception in Context: How Multilingualism is a Door to New Horizons but a Gatekeeper for Some

Perception in Context: How Multilingualism is a Door to New Horizons but a Gatekeeper for Some. Invited speaker, UC Davis Cluster on Language Research, February 23, 2022.

Bridging people and perspectives: General and language-specific social network structure predict mentalizing across diverse sociolinguistic contexts.

Mentalizing, or reasoning about others’ mental states, is a dynamic social cognitive process that aids in communication and navigating complex social interactions. We examined whether exposure to diverse perspectives, afforded by occupying influential social network positions, predicted bilingual adults’ performances on a behavioral mentalizing rating task in regions of high and low linguistic diversity. We calculated the degree to which respondents’ social network position generally bridged unconnected others (i.e., general betweenness) and specifically bridged language communities (i.e., language between- ness).

Bridging Personal and Ecological Language Dynamics: A Systems Framework of Bilingualism

Human cognition occurs within social contexts, and nowhere is this more evident than language behavior. Regularly using multiple languages is a globally ubiquitous individual experience that is shaped by social environmental forces, ranging from interpersonal interactions to ambient language exposure. Here, we develop a Systems Framework of Bilingualism, where embedded layers of individual, interpersonal, and ecological sociolinguistic factors jointly predict people’s language behavior.