Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Multilingualism

Xiaoming Jiang

Shanghai International Studies University

Dr. Xiaoming Jiang obtained his Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Peking University, China. He worked as a research fellow in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University, and was then a senior speech scientist in the natural language understanding team in Nuance Communication.

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Multilingualism Social Communication Cultural Norm Accent Psycholinguistic Processing Learning Cognitive Training Language Comprehension Language Transfer Speech and Language Impairment Machine Learning Speech Recognition

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Multilingualism has exerted a huge impact on people's lives all over the world. This book aims to provide the most state-of-the-art development in science and technology regarding what we have known about nature, the factors and the consequences of multilingualism and what yet we have not known. The interdisciplinary perspective will be the highlight of this book, which aims to incorporate areas of expertise from linguistics, psychology, cognitive (neuro)science, communication science, health and artificial intelligence, etc.

The book will include but not be restricted to the following themes:

1) How multilinguals differ from monolinguals in domain-general cognitive capacities (e.g. cognitive control, social intelligence, etc.) and in the ability to produce, comprehend, acquire and use different language forms (e.g. spoken, sign, audio-visual, etc.) across contexts.

2) How multilinguals communicate attitudes, emotions, perceive and connect with others of different cultural/social backgrounds;

3) What are the processes, benefits and costs of learning multiple languages, with a special interest in people who speak underrepresented and marginalized languages and in areas where English is not the dominant language;

4) How being a multilingual speaker benefits or alters speaker's health, for example, in the elderly and in those who suffer from language and speech impairment;

5) How AI techniques have been deployed in intelligent systems to benefit multilinguals in social media connection, translation, speech recognition and multimodal sensory integration across communicative contexts.

The book expects a team of authors ranging from scientists, policymakers, educators, AI engineers among others who will benefit and be benefited most from writing about multilingualism. Empirical studies, synthesized reviews, theoretical perspectives, and technical reports are welcome.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: February 15th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: March 15th 2021

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: May 14th 2021

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: August 2nd 2021

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: October 1st 2021

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About the editor

Xiaoming Jiang

Shanghai International Studies University

Dr. Xiaoming Jiang is a professor in the Institute of Linguistics, Shanghai International Studies University. He obtained his BS degree in Psychology from the East China Normal University and his Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Peking University. He worked as a research fellow in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University and was then a senior speech scientist in the natural language understanding team in Nuance Communication. His research utilizes experimental methodologies to uncover social aspects of human speech and language processes. While serving as reviewer for nearly 30 international journals, he has published 30 peer-reviewed articles as a leading author on high-impact journals including NeuroImage; Human Brain Mapping; Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; Cortex; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance; Neuropsychologia; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and Speech Communication. His research on speaker confidence and trustworthiness has been media-covered by the Forbes and the New Scientist.

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