The development of mono- and bilingualism

By October 3, 2017 No Comments

In this episode Dr Dagmar Divjak explores how children acquire one or more languages at the same time. She discusses the development of mono- and bilingualism with Dr Danielle Matthews (The University of Sheffield), Dr James Street (Northumbria University) and Professor Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh).

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  • 00:00 monolingualism
  • 00:26 what stages do monolingual children go through?
  • 03:21: which factors facilitate first language acquisition?
  • 09:24 individual differences in first language acquisition and language ability
  • 16:00 bilingualism
  • 16:43 the bilingual mind – truths and myths
  • 20:22 how does bilingual language acquisition work?
  • 23:53 current controversies surrounding bilingualism research
  • 26:09 frequency in mono- and bilingual language acquisition and usage-based models of language