Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh & a world expert in bilingualism.
Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics in the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. As an experimental linguist specialising in bilingualism across the life-span, Antonella is fascinated by how we acquire and develop language at different stages of our lives. Her research has shown that no-one is every perfectly bilingual; your native languages affect each other. She argues being bilingual should just mean you are fluent in two languages, whether you learned those languages as a child or adult.
Antonella a Fellow of British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and is the founding director of the non-profit organisation Bilingualism Matters, which focuses on research around language learning and promotes the benefits of learning a second language.
More than half the world speaks two or more languages fluently. And yet being bilingual is a label often reserved for native speakers who learn multiple languages as children. Can you both 'be' and 'become' bilingual?