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Bilingual brains activate different networks when reading opaque and transparent languages

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Three Spanish researchers have discovered that bilinguals use different neural networks to read languages that are pronounced as they are written – such as the Basque language – from those in which this correspondence does not exist, like English. The results are valuable for teaching reading to adults and children. A group of experts from the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), in San Sebastián, has shown that different networks are activated in the brains of bilingual people when they read opaque languages – those in which words are written one way and pronounced another, like English – and transparent languages – those pronounced as they are written, such as Basque or Spanish.”(more)

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