Emotion, the Brain and Bilingualism

Is the First Language the Language of Greater Emotional Expressiveness?

Description: Catherine Harris, Ph.D., will review first and second language learning, with an emphasis on emotional correlates of language. Bilingual speakers report experiencing greater emotional intensity when using their first language compared to their second. Physiological measures of language use confirm these reports. Family context of learning and co-development of brain and emotion are believed to underlie heightened emotional resonance of the first language. Implications for school-age learners will be discussed.