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Bilingual language aquisition
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First language acquisition
Natalie S. Nilssen & Julie A. Brandsnes, Sept./Oct. 2011
Bilingual language acquisition
We devide between two types of bilingualism. Sequential and simultaneous.
When a child learns two different languages from their date of birth, it is a form of bilingualism which is called simultaneous bilingualism. The learning prosess of both the languages needs to take place before the age of two, and until the final learning stage is reached. This in order for it to be called simultaneous bilingualism. Both languages are considered as first languages. At least according to Annick De Houwer.
A common misunderstanding when we are talking about bilingualism is the idea that bilingular children will have "language handicaps" in comparison to monolingual children. The early research from the beginnning of the last century that prooved the connection between bilingualism and a lower intelligence level, contained several flaws. The children in the different language groups also came from different social classes. The bilingular children in this research often came from immigrant families who were less educated. This is in strong contrast to recent research. Now, linguistic researchers have found evidence supporting the opposite allegation. Simultaneous bilinguals have an advantege
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