About the book
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.