Bilingual Children: Guidance for the Family (Multilingual by George Saunders

By George Saunders

Kid's acquisition of bilingualism is proven to be whatever basic, whatever optimistic, which might be a lucrative and enriching adventure for either young ones and their mom and dad. because the ebook was once written with the overall reader in brain, it truly is composed in a truly readable sort and has transparent, simply comprehensible causes of any technical matters.

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Page xii Interlocutor: A person taking part in a conversation. L Language maintenance: Continuing to use a language in the face of competition from another language. Language shift: Giving up using one language in favour of another (the opposite of language maintenance). g. ) Linguistic: Of or relating to language or linguistics (see). Linguistics: The scientific study of language. A person engaged in such study is a linguist. g. English has kindergarten from German, spaghetti from Italian, kangaroo from Guugu Yimidhirr, and so on.

Most people will speak at Page 2 least two languages (and probably understand one or two others), while some may speak six or seven . . " With the arrival of European settlers in 1788, "Aboriginal Australians-naturally multilingual in their traditional society-found no difficulty in learning to understand and speak good English" - a marked contrast to the predominantly monolingual English-speaking settlers, few of whom ever learned to communicate with the original inhabitants in their own languages.

E. that whilst nonverbal IQ tests would reveal little difference between the bilinguals and monolinguals, the monolinguals would perform significantly better than the bilinguals on verbal tests of intelligence. However, both of these predictions proved to be wrong. Not only did the bilinguals perform significantly better than the monolinguals on the nonverbal IQ tests, but also scored significantly higher on all the tests of verbal IQ. Moreover, the bilingual children were found to be in a higher grade at school than the monolingual children of the same age, and also to achieve better results in their schoolwork than the monolingual children in the same grade.

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