Publications

Key Publications

Engaging with Linguistic Diversity in Global Cities: Arguing for ‘Language Hierarchy Free’ Policy and Practice in Education

  • Mehmedbegovic, D (2017)
  • Open Linguistics 3(1)
  • DOI: 10.1515/opli-2017-0027

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Healthy Linguistic Diet: the value of linguistic diversity and language learning across the lifespan

  • Bak, TH and Mehmedbegovic D (2017)
  • Language, Society and Policy, Vol 1. DOI: doi:10.17863/CAM.9854.

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Towards an interdisciplinary lifetime approach to multilingualism: From implicit assumptions to current evidence

  • Mehmedbegovic, D and Bak, TH (2017)
  • European Journal of Language Policy, Vol. 9, Issue 2: Pages, (149-167 pp)

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Leading increasingly linguistically diverse London schools

  • Mehmedbegovic, D (2008)

Engaging with bilingual parents, students and teachers with little awareness of the benefits of bilingualism has initiated a search for factors resulting in the low value attached to certain types of bilingualism. Working on the hypothesis that prevalent practice is influenced more by attitudes to bilingualism rather than relevant research and pedagogical theory, this research focuses on attitudes. This small-scale qualitative study conducted with a group of London headteachers provides an insight into the attitudes to bilingualism and how they impact on policy and practice in schools with significant proportions of multilingual learners. It also raises the question if schools which claim to support multilingual students in realising their full potential can achieve that without including home languages as an integral part of learning.

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Novelty, Challenge, and Practice: The Impact of Intensive Language Learning on Attentional Functions

  • Thomas H. Bak , Madeleine R. Long, Mariana Vega-Mendoza, Antonella Sorace
  • Published: April 27, 2016

We investigated the impact of a short intensive language course on attentional functions.

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Does bilingualism influence cognitive aging?

  • Thomas H. Bak MD, Jack J. Nissan PhD, Michael M. Allerhand PhD, Ian J. Deary MD
  • Published: 02 June 2014

Recent evidence suggests a positive impact of bilingualism on cognition, including later onset of dementia. However, monolinguals and bilinguals might have different baseline cognitive ability. We present the first study examining the effect of bilingualism on later‐life cognition controlling for childhood intelligence.

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Other Publications

Why speaking more than one language can boost economic growth | World Economic Forum

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Languages after Brexit: How the UK Speaks to the World

  • Edited by Michael Kelly

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Languages for health

Article from the Linguist, 2018. Can the cognitive benefits of ‘bilingualism’ overcome the ‘English is enough’ fallacy?

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A study in attitudes to languages in England and Wales

Mehmedbegovic, D. (2011) A study in attitudes to languages in England and Wales, Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany

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Equality in Action. The Pimlico Way

A report by:
Mike Hanoman, Pimlico School
Dina Mehmedbegovic, City of Westminster

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BlogAll posts

23.02.24

‘Saya merasa kehilangan’:
Apakah hilangnya bahasa ibu di Indonesia masih bisa dicegah?

Gambar di atas: Bersama para wisudawan di Universitas Udayana Translated by: Ince Dian Aprilyani Azir Tanggal More

23.02.24

‘Titiang ngarasayang kaicalang ragan tiang pedidi’:
Prasidakeh kereredan basa ibu ring Indonesia ketambakin?

Gambar ring baduur: Sareng lulusan Universitas Udayana Translated by: Ni Putu Sri Suci Artini Asih and More

21.02.24

‘I feel a loss in myself’:
Can the loss of mother tongues in Indonesia be prevented?

Image above: With the graduates at University of Udayana On February 21st we mark the UN More

18.12.23

When concepts migrate: Complexities of migrating Healthy Linguistic Diet

Image above left: Thomas giving a keynote at the first International Conference on Language Development and Assessment More