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The Bilingual Brain


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The definitive book on bilingualism and its impact on the brain from a leading expert.

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Albert Costa is Research Professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona where he is currently directing the Speech Production and Bilingualism Group at the Centre for Brain and Cognition. He has worked in the United States, Italy and Spain. His research focuses on the cognitive and neural underpinnings of language processing.


Absorbing and engagingly written. . . Costa is a charming and witty guide. This is a rigorous book about complex science but Costa has a winningly informal style, a deadpan wit, and mixes laboratory findings of cognitive neuropsychology with examples from everyday life, TV programmes, sports and politics -- Patrick McGuinness * Guardian *
Enlightening and astonishing. . . very readable: the prose is gentle, anecdotal, witty, personal and balanced. . . Albert Costa (a Catalan-Spanish bilingual) died last year, and this book is a great testimony to his lifetime of research into the subject -- Tobias Jones * Observer *
Fascinating. . . This engaging book explores just how multiple languages are acquired and sorted out by the brain. . . Costa's work derives from a great fund of knowledge, considerable curiosity and solidly scientific spirit -- Philip Hensher * Spectator *
Absorbing. . . Amiably written, and reader-friendly even when delving into the minutiae of bilingualism, this compact but data-dense book throws out some intriguing ideas about the relationship of dual-language use to attitudes and behaviour -- Boyd Tonkin * Arts Desk *
A clear and approachable study by a renowned neurologist * Prospect *
A fascinating primer on the science of language. . . Anyone with an inquisitive mind and an interest in language in general, and certainly bilingualism specifically, will find this book a compelling read -- Victoria Murphy * TES *
Neuropsychologist Albert Costa spent two decades exploring bilingualism, and his book offers surprising insights * BBC Science Focus *

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