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Department of Cognitive Science

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What bilingual children teach us about language development. (CLaS-CCD Research Colloquium Series)

Speaker : Professor Erika Hoff, Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, USA.
Date : 23rd of July 2018, 2:00PM until 3:00PM
Location : Australian Hearing Hub, Level 3, 3.610, Macquarie University.

    All normal children in normal environments acquire language, but not all children in normal bilingual environments acquire two languages. This talk will present data from longitudinal studies of US-born Spanish-English bilingual children and data from US-born Spanish-English bilingual adults that begin to explain why this is the case. The evidence will argue that the rate and ultimate achievement of language depends on the quantity of input, the quality of input, and language use. Further, the evidence will argue that while early experience is important, the language skills seen in adulthood depend on continued exposure and use.

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