Preserve rare languages to spread benefits of multilingualism, says expert

Languages on the brink of dying out should be preserved in the light of evidence that multilingualism is good for the brain, according to an expert.

Prof Antonella Sorace, the founder of the Bilingualism Matters centre at the University of Edinburgh, is investigating the potential benefits of studying less common languages such as Sardinian and Scottish Gaelic.

Previous research has shown that being multilingual can improve thinking and learning ability, and may reduce mental decline with age.

The positive effects of learning another language support the idea that so-called minority languages should be saved from extinction, Sorace said.

Read more: The Guardian

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