Bilingual infants take a unique path to speech development

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.

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