Associate Professor Susannah Levi’s recent study on bilingualism in children was published in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. The study found that bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at perceiving information about who is talking, including recognizing voices. The findings suggest yet another advantage of speaking multiple languages beyond the well-known cognitive benefits.
Processing who is talking is an important social component of communication and begins to develop even before birth. In her study, Professor Levi examined how children process information about who is talking, and sought to understand whether differences existed between children speaking one language or multiple languages.