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2 languages = 2 brains, 2 minds and 2 cultures?


Wednesday, 2 November 2011 from 13:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

2 languages = 2 brains, 2 minds and 2 cultures?

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A  Festival of Social Science event

2 languages = 2 brains, 2 minds and 2 cultures?

Today most children in the world are bilingual meaning everyday they have to use more than one language to differing degrees. In London schools and other major cities classrooms are increasingly multilingual.

In our research into deaf children's language, cognitive and social development we see bilingualism (in signed and spoken language) as offering the best outcomes for deaf children. But what exactly is bilingualism? Does it mean children have two brains, two minds and two cultures?

In this festival of social science event hosted by DCAL and funded by the Economic and Social Science Research council, a group of experts from universities and special educational services will discuss research and practice.

We hope you can attend to hear what they have to say and tell us about your experiences. The event is aimed at parents, researchers, teachers and other professionals working with both deaf and hearing children where issues of bilingualism are important.






Gary Morgan
(City University London)


1.15 – 1.45

Antonella Sorace
(Univ. Edinburgh)

Two languages in one brain: why bilingualism is an investment for life

1.45 – 2.00


Questions and discussion

2.00 – 2.30

Robert Adam

Bilingualism in two sign languages: British Sign Language and Irish Sign Language

2.30 -2.45


Questions and discussion





Jane Thomas,
Specialist SALT,

Life and Deaf Association

Exploring identity through poetry


Mar Perez
Special Education Services, Madrid 

Gary Morgan

Sign Bilingual Education in the Community of Madrid



General questions and discussion

Come along and have your say...


BSL interpreters will be at the event

Do you have questions about 2 languages = 2 brains, 2 minds and 2 cultures?? Contact DCAL

When & Where

Room 106, The Roberts Building
1-19 Torrington Place

Wednesday, 2 November 2011 from 13:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

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Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre is based at University College London. DCAL is a world renowned centre of excellence for research on BSL. The centre brings together leading Deaf and hearing researchers in the fields of sign linguistics, psychology, and neuroscience.  DCAL is funded by The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 

Website:  www.dcal.ucl.ac.uk

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