Sunday, December 18, 2011

Türkçe anlamak "iki" beyin istiyor! CNNTurk.com

For some insight into how the mother tongue of an individual may affect how that person's brain processed language, see Türkçe anlamak "iki" beyin istiyor! CNNTurk.com. If my limited Turkish serves me correct, this is interesting research into the actual time it takes the brain to process language, and how people with different native languages display different time lags in certain language processes. It seems that people whose mother tongue is Turkish, which is an agglutinative language in which the verb comes at the end of sentence, can process content more quickly than European languages like English. What is also significant is that this research is based on 'normal, healthy' brains, as opposed the bulk of traditional research which tends to discover how a brain functions by looking at people with disorders or brain damage. So....what does this mean for me as an EFL teacher with the majority of my students having Turkish as their mother tongue?

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