Proceedings of the 2022 8th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2022)

The Effects of Diglossia on Cognitive Ability

Taking Cantonese-Mandarin Speakers as an Example

Authors
Keyi Liu1, , Luyao Zhu2, *,
1School of Humanities and Communication, Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310018, China
2School of Asia, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing 100089, China

These authors contributed equally.

*Corresponding author. Email: zhuluyao@bfsu.edu.cn
Corresponding Author
Luyao Zhu
Available Online 1 June 2022.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220504.039How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Diglossia; Cognition; Mandarin; Cantonese
Abstract

There are many dialects in China. With the popularization of Mandarin, it is common to see more and more people in China can speak both Mandarin and other dialects. The linguistic relativity hypothesis holds that language affects cognitive processes. Through literature review, this article analyzes the effects of diglossia on lower-order cognition (including immediate memory, identification, and classification) and higher-order cognition (including autobiographical memory, implicit memory, language, reasoning, and decision making) in the case of Cantonese-Mandarin diglossia speakers. The results showed that Cantonese-Mandarin diglossia speakers have an advantage over Mandarin monolingual speakers in the above-mentioned cognitive abilities, except language cognition. However, there is still a gap in the effects of diglossia on other cognitive processes as well as on the scientific mechanism behind and future research may continue to explore to fill the gap.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2022 8th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2022)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
1 June 2022
ISBN
978-94-6239-580-0
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220504.039How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2022 The Authors. Published by Atlantis Press SARL.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

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