One of the interesting pieces here is the impact of bilingualism on word segmentation. The implications for speech-language intervention are definitely something to take into consideration. The additional “cost” in terms of cognitive load for bilingual babies should not be taken to mean that bilingualism has a negative impact on language acquisition, though. Rather, the exposure of multiple languages requires infants to master an additional skill: identification of the language that the speaker is using. This is something that is obviously not required of monolingual infants.
- 6 Potential Brain Benefits of Bilingual Education
- Performance of Low-Income Dual Language Learners Attending English-Only Schools on the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals–Fourth Edition, Spanish