[B-Greek] Speaking More Than One Language May Slow The Aging Process

Randall Buth randallbuth at gmail.com
Fri May 9 11:26:05 EDT 2008


Research on the topic of aging and language use has been circulating for
some time.

The following was taken from the classics list. Comments follow.

"Speaking More Than One Language May Slow The Aging Process In The Mind"

"Children who speak a second or third language may have an unexpected
advantage later in life, a new Tel Aviv University study has found. Knowing
and speaking many languages may protect the brain against the effects of
aging."

[snip]

"[T]he researchers found that the more languages a person spoke, the better
his or her cognitive state was. A person¹s level of education was also
strongly associated with cognitive state, but the number of languages
contributed to the prediction of cognitive fitness beyond the effect of
education alone."

More:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080507152419.htm

Comment [RB]
Now if a person want to take immediate use of this research they will need
to start speaking a language like Spanish or Hebrew with real people and
rapid interaction.

If we ask where KOINH fits in this research, it probably fits with "level
education was also strongly associated with cognitive state". An
active trained mind tends to do better in waning years and reading
KOINH and classical languages will certainly qualify for higher level
of education.
However, SPEAKING the KOINH, thinking in the language
and communicating in the language would qualify for the
"prediction of cognitive fitness beyond the effect of education alone."
Here is a biological effect that would seem to support the idea that
there may be a difference between knowing about a language in the
sense that we study history or biology, and using that language for
thinking and speaking.

ERRWSQE
IWANHS


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