Wednesday, April 13, 2022

An interview about my language history, two decades ago

Today, I remembered a student from about twenty years ago who wanted to interview me for his Master's thesis in linguistics: his project was to ask bilingual and multilingual people about how they learned their languages and then to do brain scans to see if he could find patterns linking language-learning histories and brain use while speaking the languages. He asked me numerous questions, and recorded my answers, about the history of my use of English and of my learning and use of French and German. I was looking forward to seeing scans of my brain while I spoke my languages, but then that part of the project unfortunately fell through. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 13 April 2022)

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