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The More, The Merrier: Facts And Beliefs About The Bilingual Mind by Antonella Sorace

Antonella Sorace

Introduction

Anyone who has seen a small child switching from one language to another is likely to be amazed and perhaps envious at how effortlessly they are able to do this. Stories of immigrant children interpreting for their parents are commonplace, and in some parts of the world it is quite normal for children to be exposed to two or even more languages right from birth. Yet in modern industrial societies growing up with more than one language is often regarded as ‘special’. Bilingualism is still surrounded by false beliefs and misunderstandings, even among the otherwise educated and scientifically-minded. Many people are ready to believe that handling two languages at the same time is too much of a burden for the infant’s brain, or that the languages compete for resources in the brain at the expense of general cognitive development. The contrast between and these false beliefs and the amazement often expressed by people at how easily children pick up two or more languages has been termed the ‘bilingual paradox’ (Petitto & Kovelman 2003).

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Directory of Openaccess Journals

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The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.

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Businessballs

Businessballs

Businessballs is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations, run by Alan Chapman, in Leicester, England.  Businessballs.com launched at the end of 1999. The concept began a few years earlier as an experimental online collection of learning and development ideas. The website is now used by about a million people each month.

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CFD Online

CFD Online

CFD Online is an online center for Computational Fluid Dynamics. Services include several discussion forums, a jobs database, a free CFD reference in the form of a CFD-Wiki, a news and announcement forum, and a books guide. CFD Online’s goal is to offer high-quality web services to the CFD community. The site is independent and it is not tied to any software vendor.

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Edinburgh FareShare Food Collection by Christopher Somerville

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FareShare is a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty. FareShare is at the centre of two of the most urgent issues that face the UK: food poverty and food waste.

 

The charity addresses these issues in three ways:

  • Providing quality food – surplus ‘fit for purpose’ product from the food and drink industry – to organisations working with disadvantaged people in the community
  • Providing training and education around the essential life skills of safe food preparation and nutrition, and warehouse employability training through FareShare’s Skills Training programme
  • Promoting the message that ‘No Good Food Should Be Wasted’

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